Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles
First Trial FAD Deployed
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government’s first trial Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) was deployed today as part of a plan to enhance and expand recreational fishing opportunities in the Territory.
“We are investing $50 Million in recreational fishing to grow the sector and create jobs for Territorians. The FAD program has been developed in full consultation with the Amateur Fishermen’s Association and the recreational fishing community.” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said.
“4 more FAD’s are being developed and will be placed in locations that will provide easy access to pelagic species less susceptible to the effects of barotrauma and more suitable for catch and release.”
Plan is part of the government’s $50 Million investment in recreational fishing to create jobs and enhance the Territory’s reputation as a world-class fishing destination.
“Recreational fishers are excited about the deployment of this first FAD. FAD’s have real potential to provide new and exciting fishing opportunities to Top End fishers.” AFANT CEO David Ciaravolo said.
“In other parts of Australia we have seen FAD’s become unique fishing hotspots.”
FAD will be positioned off the coast of Dundee Beach. FAD’s attract small bait fish which then attract bigger fish right up the food chain, creating fishing hot spots for pelagic species.
4 more FAD’s are being developed and will be combined with artificial reefs as a tool to help boost recreational fishing opportunities, reduce pressure on at-risk reef species and support the long-term sustainability of key fishery resources.
Trial FAD’s will be monitored to provide feedback on design and deployment locations, and reports from fishos about their experience fishing the FAD’s is welcome.