A $1 million artificial reef will be installed in the Exmouth Gulf in a move the State Government says will provide the community with a safe, accessible reef fishing opportunity.

More than 27,000 cubic metres of concrete and steel structures will be installed on the sandy bottom of the Exmouth Gulf by Subcon International.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the reef would add to Exmouth’s appeal as an iconic fishing destination.

Thousands of people descend upon Exmouth for a fishing getaway but sometimes the winds and swell is unfavourable,” he said.

“This new reef will offer tourists and locals an alternative fishing in the safety of the gulf.”

Labor Member for Mining and Pastoral Kyle McGinn said the reef would attract more fish close to the safety of the shore.

“This initiative will only enhance this image and create safer fishing locations for travellers and locals,” he said.

The reef was funded through recreational licence fees collected by the Government.