Queensland FAD
More FADS have been deployed off the Queensland coast.

QLD FAD locations and GPS marks

Find fish aggregating devices in Queensland

Queensland FADs GPS locations: Fish aggregating devices  are human-made structures anchored offshore that attract fish, making them easier to catch so you can have a great fishing experience.

To start with, 25 surface FADs were deployed off South East Queensland, from Fraser Island to the Gold Coast. These FADs have been popular with fishers, with great catches of mahi mahi reported.

As part of the next stage of the program, four surface FADs were deployed off Weipa, three surface and four all-water FADs off Wide Bay Burnett and 12 subsurface FADs off South East Queensland. Additional FADs are also being considered for other parts of Queensland.

Fish attracted to FADs

Most fish attracted to the FADs are seasonal pelagic fish, which travel in the warm water delivered by ocean currents. Species caught around the FADs include mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna, cobia, mackerel and billfish.

Mahi mahi are the most common species of fish caught around the FADs and are the perfect sport fish:

  • They have a remarkable growth rate, known to grow as fast as 7cm in a week.
  • Adult fish can grow to almost 200cm (weighing up to 40kg).
  • They can be sexually mature as early as 6 months of age and reproduce at a high rate.
  • They are relatively short-lived – they rarely live past 2 years of age.

Check out the interactive map for the locations of all the Queensland FADS. Queensland FADs GPS

Below is a list with GPS marks.

 

Click here for details on the initial FAD program.

Fish aggregating devices are deployed in the following locations all year round: Queensland FADs GPS locations

South east Queensland

FAD type FAD location Latitude (DDM) Longitude (DDM) Distance from nearest access point (nm) Depth of water (m)
Surface FAD FAD 1: Gold Coast 24s 27° 59.268’S 153° 31.747’E 6 from Gold Coast Seaway 46
Surface FAD FAD 2: Gold Coast 50s 27° 55.790’S 153° 45.198’E 16 from Gold Coast Seaway 85
Surface FAD FAD 3: Gold Coast 36s 27° 48.408’S 153° 37.472’E 12 from Gold Coast Seaway 68
Surface FAD FAD 11: Gold Coast 36s 28° 03.047’S 153° 39.480’E 16 from Gold Coast seaway 65
Surface FAD FAD 12: Gold Coast 36s 27° 56.040’S 153° 38.331’E 11 from Gold Coast seaway 64
Surface FAD FAD 12B: Gold Coast 36s 27° 55.462’S 153° 37.571’E 11 from Gold Coast seaway 64
Surface FAD FAD 12C: Gold Coast 36s 27° 55.029’S 153° 38.267’E 11 from Gold Coast seaway 64
Surface FAD FAD 13: Gold Coast 50s 27° 44.368’S 153° 44.314’E 20 from Gold Coast Seaway 86
Surface FAD FAD 14: Gold Coast 36s 27° 40.460’S 153° 36.166’E 18 from Gold Coast Seaway 66
Surface FAD FAD 15: Point Lookout offshore 27° 23.448’S 153° 40.623’E 12 from South Passage bar 104
Surface FAD FAD 4: Stradbroke offshore 27° 17.029’S 153° 37.672’E 9.5 from South Passage Bar 83
Surface FAD FAD 16: Moreton offshore 27° 11.097’S 153° 36.894’E 13 from South Passage bar 108
Surface FAD FAD 5: Moreton offshore 27° 05.797’S 153° 34.177’E 14 from Comboyuro Point 89
Surface FAD FAD 17: Cape Moreton offshore 26° 59.654’S 153° 33.585’E 5 from Cape Moreton 108
Surface FAD FAD 6: Bribie offshore 26° 55.735’S 153° 31.775’E 12 from Comboyuro Point 100
Surface FAD FAD 18: Wide Caloundra 26° 44.758’S 153° 27.189’E 18 from Mooloolaba 60
Surface FAD FAD 19: Mooloolaba 18nm 26° 36.144’S 153° 25.765’E 17 from Mooloolaba 49
Surface FAD FAD 7: Mooloolaba 10nm 26° 35.908’S 153° 19.686’E 10 from Mooloolaba 55
Surface FAD FAD 7B: Mooloolaba 10nm 26° 34.999’S 153° 18.665’E 10 from Mooloolaba 56
Surface FAD FAD 7C: Mooloolaba 10nm 26° 35.099’S 153° 20.727’E 10 from Mooloolaba 56
Surface FAD FAD 8: Mooloolaba east 26° 34.259’S 153° 33.796’E 24 from Mooloolaba 101
Surface FAD FAD 20: Noosa 26° 22.700’S 153° 14.300’E 9 from Noosa 52
Surface FAD FAD 9: Noosa 26° 15.558’S 153° 19.754’E 14 from Noosa 55
Surface FAD FAD 10: Double Island offshore 25° 53.075’S 153° 21.907’E 16 from Wide Bay Bar 57
Surface FAD FAD 21: Fraser Island offshore 25° 41.269’S 153° 22.616’E 17 from Wide Bay bar 51
Subsurface FAD SFAD 1A: Gold Coast continental shelf 27° 55.542’S 153° 53.764’E 25 from Gold Coast Seaway 256
Subsurface FAD SFAD 1B: Gold Coast continental shelf 27° 54.555’S 153° 54.108’E 25 from Gold Coast Seaway 273
Subsurface FAD SFAD 1C: Gold Coast continental shelf 27° 55.425’S 153° 54.765’E 26 from Gold Coast Seaway 306
Subsurface FAD SFAD 2A: Point Lookout continental shelf 27° 25.720’S 153° 49.764’E 19 from South Passage Bar 250
Subsurface FAD SFAD 2B: Point Lookout continental shelf 27° 24.894’S 153° 50.489’E 20 from South Passage Bar 258
Subsurface FAD SFAD 2C: Point Lookout continental shelf 27° 25.738’S 153° 51.278’E 20 from South Passage Bar 290
Subsurface FAD SFAD 3A: Cape Moreton continental shelf 27° 01.074’S 153° 45.918’E 22 from Comboyuro Point 269
Subsurface FAD SFAD 3B: Cape Moreton continental shelf 27° 00.412’S 153° 46.696’E 23 from Comboyuro Point 280
Subsurface FAD SFAD 3C: Cape Moreton continental shelf 27° 01.088’S 153° 47.563’E 23 from Comboyuro Point 295
Subsurface FAD SFAD 4A: Mooloolaba continental shelf 26° 40.491’S 153° 40.111’E 29 from Mooloolaba 233
Subsurface FAD SFAD 4B: Mooloolaba continental shelf 26° 39.887’S 153° 40.786’E 29 from Mooloolaba 244
Subsurface FAD SFAD 4C: Mooloolaba continental shelf 26° 40.709’S 153° 41.170’E 30 from Mooloolaba 252

Wide Bay Burnett

FAD type FAD location Latitude (DDM) Longitude (DDM) Distance from nearest access point (nm) Depth of water (m)
Surface FAD FAD F1: Rooney Point, Fraser Island 24° 48.296’S 153° 05.638’E 31 from Urangan 34
Surface FAD FAD F2: Fraser Island offshore 24° 37.897’S 153° 24.348’E 8 from Sandy Cape 54
Surface FAD FAD F3: Fraser Island offshore 24° 58.062’S 153° 32.673’E 11 from Waddy Point 54
All-water FAD FAD B1a: Bundaberg offshore 24° 39.163’S 152° 32.925’E 10 from Burnett Heads 25
All-water FAD FAD B1b: Bundaberg offshore 24° 39.265’S 152° 33.012’E 10 from Burnett Heads 25
All water FAD FAD B1c: Bundaberg offshore 24° 39.355’S 152° 32.922’E 10 from Burnett Heads 25
All water FAD FAD B1d: Bundaberg offshore 24° 39.280’S 152° 32.835’E 10 from Burnett Heads 25

Far North Queensland

FAD type FAD location Latitude (DDM) Longitude (DDM) Distance from nearest access point (nm) Depth of water (m)
Surface FAD FAD G1: Weipa 12° 58.959’S 141° 17.009’E 36 from Weipa 30
Surface FAD FAD G2: Weipa 12° 54.711’S 141° 22.625’E 29 from Weipa 30
Surface FAD FAD G3: Weipa 12° 48.671’S 141° 23.665’E 25 from Weipa 30
Surface FAD FAD G4: Weipa 12° 49.903’S 141° 32.594’E 18 from Weipa 21

Click here for more information from Fisheries Queensland.

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