Tweed’s recreational anglers getting spoilt with new FAD

Tim Dreghorn is fishing at Kennedy Dr boat ramp. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Tim Dreghorn is fishing at Kennedy Dr boat ramp. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

THE fish should flock to Tweed this summer with the deployment of a new fish aggregating device (FAD).

Tweed got one FAD which is located 13km out to sea from Tweed Heads directly out from Kingscliff.

The FAD, which is basically a big yellow buoy, sits 64m above the ocean floor.

It has a flashing beacon for safe navigation, which tends attract surface-dwelling fish such as mahi-mahi and other fast growing pelagic fish.

"Fish are attracted to the structure of the FAD, possibly for use as a resting place or geographical reference point," Department of Primary Industries fisheries enhancement manager Heath Folpp said.

"Anglers appreciate FADs because they create new fishing opportunities, while easing the pressure on existing popular fishing reefs and spots.

"FADs have proven increasingly popular with anglers since they were first installed in 2002."

The buoys are strategically placed at key fishing spots along the coast each year over the warmer months to improve recreational fishing opportunities.

"Deployment has been completed on the north coast with FADs in place in the Tweed, Byron, Ballina and Evans Head areas," Dr Folpp said.

"Further down the coast FADs have been deployed at Crowdy Head, Forster, Port Stephens and Newcastle.

"Deployment on the south coast provides opportunities for fishers in the Batemans Bay and Eden areas."

The FAD program is funded through the NSW Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust using monies raised from the recreational fishing licence fee.

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