Two fisheries projects on the Mornington Peninsula have been given money as part of the Federal Government’s fisheries habitat restoration program. The Port Phillip Community Shellfish Reef Project will receive $299,000 to work with recreational anglers on fish habitat restoration while Reel Big Fish has been given $305,000 for its restoration of mangroves throughout Western Port.
Flinders federal Liberal MP Greg Hunt said the projects were among 28 across the country to share $8 million in grants under the program. “The Mornington Peninsula is blessed to be home to some of the most ecologically diverse coastline in Australia,” Mr Hunt said. “From the mangroves of Western Port to the reefs in Port Phillip Bay, the marine wildlife and coastal ecology of the Peninsula is a point of pride for all in our community.
“This (money) builds on our current support for reef restoration in Port Phillip Bay, as well as our Government’s efforts to create a safe haven for birds, marsupials and endangered native animals on French Island.”
The fisheries habitat restoration program is designed to restore the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.