Anglers keen on this FAD
POPULAR pelaegic fish species, such as mahi-mahi, should fall, hook, line and sinker, a State Government minister says, now that 25 Fish Aggregation Devices (FADS) have been installed off the NSW coastline.
Department of Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson said the FADs have been installed off Wooli, Coffs Harbour, South West Rocks, Port Macquarie, Laurieton and Forster to increase the chance of recreational anglers of hooking up.
Mahi-mahi or dolphin fish are known to school around the devices and are renowned as one of the quickest growing fish in the ocean.
"DPI monitoring has shown these devices are effective at attracting fish species including mahi-mahi and even marlin," Ms Hodgkinson said.
The FAD program is funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.
"Funds raised from the recreational fishing licence fee are placed into two trusts, one for saltwater and one for freshwater, and this money can only be spent on projects to improve recreational angling in NSW," she said.
The devices are found between six and 32km offshore from October to June and their locations fluctuate slightly depending on wind, swell and current direction.
The Coffs Harbour FAD is located at Latitude (E) 30° 14.858', Longitude (S) 153° 21.605'.
For more information visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/saltwater/fads/map.