Navigation Warning - Providence Bay, Port Stephens Coastal
Providence Bay, Port Stephens Coastal
FISH FARM INSTALLATION
September – October 2016
Roads and Maritime Services advises that an offshore fish farm is being installed in Providence Bay, Port Stephens between Cabbage Tree Island and Broughton Island during September and October 2016.
The project is being managed by NSW DPI Fisheries to research the farming of Yellowtail Kingfish in sea pens in these waters.
Vessel operators are advised to keep a safe distance from the fish farm and to pay particular attention to navigation markers which will delineate the perimeter of the lease. The navigation markers will be lit at night for the safety of navigation.
Roads and Maritime advises:
- Persons within the vicinity of the area must comply with any directions given by a Boating Safety Officer or Police Officer in relation to the area or to marine safety. Failure to comply with any such direction is an offence (Marine Safety Act 1998, s.15A - Maximum Penalty $3,300.00);
- Vessels operators are reminded that the production of wash which impacts unreasonably on the works is an offence (Marine Safety Regulation 2016 – clause 11 (2) – Maximum Penalty $5,500.00); and
- It is also an offence under s.164 of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 to interfere with aquaculture infrastructure.
MAPS AND CHARTS AFFECTED
AUS Chart 810
Roads and Maritime Boating Map – 7
For further information concerning this Navigation Warning, please contact the Roads and Maritime Services Info Line on 13 12 36.
MARINE NOTICE NH16111