Boost for recreational fishing
Another four trial Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) have been deployed in Darwin waters to help boost recreational fishing.
The first FAD was deployed off the coast of Dundee two weeks ago. Two of the remaining four are located at the western edge of Fenton Patches, while the other two are deployed near North Gutter to help expand recreational fishing opportunities.
The FADs will help support the long-term fishing sustainability of key fishery resources and expand recreational fishing opportunities.
The project is part of the $50 million commitment over five years to improve recreational fishing opportunities for all Territorians and visitors to enhance the Territory’s reputation for delivering a world-class fishing experience and was a result of extensive consultation with the recreational fishing community
FADs are deployed to aggregate pelagic sports fish in areas that will provide ready access to make multi-species recreational angling trips more feasible.
The deployment of FADs is an important tool to help reduce the pressure on our ‘at risk’ reef fish by providing easier access to pelagic species that are less susceptible to the effects of barotrauma and are more suitable as catch and release targets.
Fads have been proven to work at different locations around the world, and our FAD program was designed with input from the rec fishing community, including AFANT, to maximise the outcome for Territory fishos.