Divers do dirty work at jetty

A COFFS Harbour icon is getting a polish this week as part of a local clean-up project that aims to revitalise the natural heritage of the Jetty.

Marine scientists from the National Marine Science Centre are making the most of the re-opening of the Jetty, with a team of divers documenting the marine life inhabiting the pilings and sea floor this week.

Project leader Associate Professor Steve Smith said the sheltered waters of the harbour provide easy access to the marine life of the region.

“The Jetty pilings are covered in sea-weeds and filter-feeding animals which provide important habitat and food for a range of marine life,” Prof. Smith said.

“As many local fishers already know, the Jetty structure also acts like an artificial reef attracting schools of fish.”

The research project involves an underwater clean-up of the Jetty, followed by the release of an information booklet detailing the common underwater inhabitants of the Jetty and how the layperson can minimise their impact on marine life.



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