Final FADs fix for the season

It’s time to get your final FADs fix for the season! DPI

DPI NSW deployed FADs at 34 locations over the Spring to Autumn months and they didn’t disappoint with quality reports of catches from Tweed Heads to the Far South Coast.

All FADs are removed during winter for annual maintenance. Retrievals of the Eden to Port Stephens FADs are scheduled to commence this week with removal of the Forster to Tweed FADs to follow from mid-June.

Please remember to check if FADs are on station before heading out for a day on the water by using the Fishsmart app or visit the DPI NSW website.

The redeployment of FADs will take place from September for Far North Coast locations through to November for the Far South Coast. The FADs program is another great example of your recreational fishing licence fees at work!

Fisheries Aggregating Devices, or FADs, are strategically placed along the NSW coast during the warmer months.

FADs have a long history of use in NSW, and were first a resource for fishers with the introduction of the Recreational Fishing Fee in 2001.

Monitoring of the FADs by DPI has shown mahi mahi (also known as dolphinfish) is the most common species found around the FADs, representing 95% of the catch.

Fishers are encouraged to fish safely around FADs, including considering the code of conduct for FAD fishing. Report a lost or damaged FAD by contacting the program coordinator at DPI on (02) 4424 7421 or by email.

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