Trade welcomes deployment of fish attracting devices
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The deployment of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory has been welcomed by the country’s tackle industry.
The initiative is part of a $50 million investment in recreational fishing by the Territory’s Labor Government and is intended to create jobs in the sector
FADs attract small bait fish, which then attract bigger ones up the food chain and create fishing hot spots.
Five have been located in Darwin waters to help reduce the pressure on at-risk reef fish, provide easier access for anglers to target pelagic species and boost the Territory’s reputation as a world-class fishing destination.
“We welcome all FADs,” said Colin Tannahill, President of the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA). “They are fantastic for local offshore fisheries. They attract all pelagic species, especially mahi mahi and dolphin fish.”
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said that investment in recreational fishing is an investment in jobs for [Northern] Territorians.
“Providing more recreational fishing opportunities will boost the sector by encouraging more locals and tourists to fish,” he said. “Associated industries, such as boat servicing, fuel and supplies and fishing tourism will benefit from growth in the sector.”
“FADs have been proven to work around the world and our programme was designed with input from the recreational fishing community.”