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Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is located on Mews Road in Fremantle , Western Australia. The Fishing Boat Harbour was originally the site of just a single jetty. The fishermen would unload their catch at the end of the jetty, ready for sale at the local fish market.

Construction Begins

The fishing boat harbour was built to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of small boats that were using the Fremantle Inner Harbour for anchorage, after unloading stock at the fish market. Most of the small boats were part of the expanding rock lobster industry that was booming along Western Australia’s coastline, between Fremantle and Shark Bay. Construction of the harbour began in 1948 and it now covers an area of 32 ha within stone breakwaters (barrier to break the impact of waves). The harbour provides safe anchorage for over 500 boats which include both commercial and leisure craft.

Fremantle Fishing Fleet

The Fremantle fishing fleet, controlled by the Fremantle Fishermen’s Co-Operative Society Ltd is one of the main commercial fleets that reside in the harbour. In 1982, 8ha of sea was reclaimed and the first stage of the boat lifting facility was constructed. The facility provides a site for the fishing and marine industry to do annual refits and surveys. The facility now services boats from as far a field as Darwin and Esperance.

Home of the America’s Cup

The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour gained worldwide attention when in 1983, Alan Bond and the winged-keel yacht, Australia II won the America’s Cup at Newport, Rhode Island in the United States of America. The America’s Cup, that had been held proudly by the New York Yacht Club for over 150 years, was suddenly heading to a little known place called Fremantle, in the most remote capital city in the world. Lets say they weren’t happy. Virtually overnight Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour was redeveloped to cope with the tourists that were expected to flood in for the America’s Cup Challenge. Changes included the construction of Challenger Harbour, wharves for the fishing industry, restaurants and additional car parks.

Life After the America’s Cup

Today, Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is still home to major fishing fleets and is one of Perth’s most popular tourist destinations. There are a variety of seafood restaurants to try in the harbour. You can eat your meal while viewing the fishing boat trawlers, which probably caught your meal that morning. The replica of the Dutch ship, Duyfken is also anchored in the harbour.

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