Fish aggregating devices (FADs) have now been re-installed along the North Coast after being removed for maintenance.
Fish aggregating devices (FADs) have now been re-installed along the North Coast after being removed for maintenance.

Fish devices catch deep sea anglers



COFFS COAST deep sea anglers can look forward to plenty of good fishing in the months ahead.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has re-installed a fish aggregating device (FAD) about 19km off Coffs Harbour after a winter overhaul.

FADs are yellow, spherical buoys with a flashing beacon for safe navigation.

Measuring 50cm wide, they've a proven way of attracting surface-dwelling fish such as mahi-mahi (dolphinfish), which account for more than 90 per cent of the recreational catch around FADs.

Mahi-mahi are considered the perfect sport fish with their remarkable growth rate, and they're quite good to eat fresh.

The fish aggregators are installed to provide better fishing for recreational sport and game anglers by creating an alternative to traditional fishing grounds.

FADs are also located off Wooli, Ballina, Evans Head, South West Rocks and Port Macquarie. There are a total of 21 off the NSW coast.

"Since the first device was installed in 2002, FADs have been popular with anglers and have stimulated significant economic activity along the coast," NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said.

"Anglers have told me how much they appreciate the FADs because they create new fishing opportunities, while easing the pressure on existing popular fishing spots."

The FAD program is funded through the NSW Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust. For more information on FADs, or the recreational fishing trusts, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au



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