Fish Set To Aggregate Off Port Macquarie

Fish Set To Aggregate Off Port Macquarie

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced two fish aggregating devices (FADs) have been deployed off Port Macquarie, to provide improved recreational fishing opportunities during the summer months.

“The NSW Government has commenced its deployment of 30 fish aggregating devices (FADs) along the NSW coastline,” Mrs Williams said.

“In summer and autumn, the East Australian Current brings warmer waters to the coast of NSW, which attracts a variety of fish, such as brilliantly coloured Dolphinfish, hard fighting Marlin and Wahoo.

“FADs have proven increasingly popular with anglers off Port Macquarie as fishing around these devices can be action packed.”

FADs are a GPS tracked yellow buoy with a flashing beacon for safe navigation.

One FAD is located off Port Macquarie, 16 km from the Hastings River while the other is located at Laurieton, 10km from the Camden Haven River.

“The NSW Government’s FAD program is just another great example of recreational fishing licence fees at work,” Mrs Williams said.

“Funded through the NSW Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust, FADs are hugely popular with recreational fishers because they create new fishing opportunities and ease the pressure on existing fishing spots.”

Recreational fishers can find their nearest FAD by downloading the free DPI ‘FishSmart App’, which also provides anglers with information about bag and size limit rules and much more.

Recreational fishers are encouraged the check the latest marine weather forecasts before heading offshore to wet a line.

Full details of where each FAD is located can also be found on the NSW DPI website.

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