Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles
4 More FAD’s In Darwin Waters
Victor P Taffa
Another 4 trial Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD’s) have been deployed in Darwin waters as part of the Northern Territory Government’s $50 Million investment in recreational fishing.
“Investing in recreational fishing is an investment in jobs for Territorians.” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said.
“Providing more recreational fishing opportunities will boost the sector by encouraging more locals and tourists to fish Territory waters. All the associated industries, such as boat servicing, fuel and supplies, and fishing tourism will benefit from a growth in the sector.”
Investment will help boost the recreational fishing sector to create jobs for Territorians and cement the Territory’s reputation as a world-class fishing destination.
First of 5 FAD’s was deployed off the coast of Dundee two weeks ago. 2 of the remaining 4 are now located at the western edge of Fenton Patches, while the other 2 have been placed near North Gutter to help expand recreational fishing opportunities.
Deployment of the FAD’s is an important tool to help reduce the pressure on ‘at risk’ reef fish by providing easier access for fishos to target pelagic species. These species are less susceptible to the effects of barotrauma and are more suitable as catch and release targets.
FAD’s attract small bait fish which then attract bigger fish right up the food chain, creating fishing hot spots for pelagic species.