Fremantle dredging plan introduced

The City of Fremantle and Fremantle Ports are proposing to undertake up to 150,000 cubic metres of maintenance and capital dredging from a portion of Fremantle Ports deep water entrance channel and nourish Port Beach with the dredged material.

The proposal footprint is 60.27 hectares, located 1.6 kilometres from the Cottesloe Reef Fish Habitat Protection Area, the Government of Western Australia’s EPA said.  

The proposal could impact on the environmental factors of benthic communities and habitats, marine environmental quality, coastal processes and social surroundings.

According to EPA, there is a seven-day public comment period for this plan.

In order to retain declared depths within these channels and maintain safe access for ships, Fremantle Ports needs to conduct maintenance dredging campaigns within the channels from time to time.