Industry Comment - Shark Bay Prawn Trawler Operators' Association

The proposed new land-backed wharf in the Carnarvon Small Boat Harbour will relieve congestion and safety concerns in the harbour.

This is particularly evident over full moon periods when prawn trawlers return to port and are required to berth three or four vessels deep at the existing jetty.

The land-backed wharf will simplify product unloading and other fleets will be attracted to Carnarvon to unload, rather than bypassing Carnarvon for more distant ports with better unloading facilities.

The expanding longlining and crab industries are expected to be major users of the harbour, and several charter boat operators that currently find it difficult to operate from the harbour should also benefit.

The influx of more boats and the utilisation of the unloading facilities could provide more employment opportunities in Carnarvon as support industries grow to meet the expanded activity.

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