BLOCKED: Fisherman Rick O' Ferrall says the closure of a fissure which flushed out the marina is creating water quality issues.
BLOCKED: Fisherman Rick O' Ferrall says the closure of a fissure which flushed out the marina is creating water quality issues. Trevor Veale

Marina water quality worries tenants

TENANTS at the Coffs Harbour Marina have expressed concerns about water quality at the port following the construction of the new boardwalk at the northern breakwall.

Local game fisherman Rick O'Ferrall said the construction of the boardwalk has blocked a fissure in the breakwall that acted as a flush at the eastern end of the marina.

As a result, Mr O'Ferrall said the marina is experiencing prolonged soupy waters and excessive marine growths due to a lack of fresh sea water flowing throughout the berths.

"With the tides we get here the water just moves in and out to the marina office and back out again and you get no fresh water out here at all," he said.

"It's making a dramatic difference and its slowly getting worse."

Mr O'Ferrall ruled out a number of other factors that may be causing the abnormal condition of the water.

These include pump use, increased boat cleaning due to the Slipway remediation and water temperatures - all of which Mr Ferrall say have remained relatively constant in the last few years.

The only thing that's changed Mr O'Ferrall claims is the installation of the boardwalk.

Mr O'Ferrall alleged no study was conducted prior to the construction of the broadwalk to identify the impacts of the fissure.

The Marina's abundance of marine life is also a draw card for tourist and locals but Mr O'Ferrall warns it may not be in the future if the problem isn't addressed.

"If it ends up being green soup in here then its not going to be the sort of thing people are going to walk along here like they do everyday. It's going to lose part of its magic," he said.

The Department of Primary Industries and Marina management were contacted for comment.



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