The Territory Government’s first trial Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) was deployed as part of a plan to enhance and expand recreational fishing opportunities in the Territory.
The 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.
The FAD will be positioned off the coast of Dundee Beach. FADs attract small bait fish which then attract bigger fish right up the food chain, creating fishing hot spots for pelagic species.
Four more FADs 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.
The trial FADs will be monitored to provide feedback on design and deployment locations, and reports from fishos about their experience fishing the FADs is welcome.
Source: NT Government