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10/12/2011

FAD Code

The Perth Game Fishing Club, organisers of the Rottnest Trench FAD program since 1997, has initiated a Code of Conduct for anglers using the Fish Aggregation Devices.

The devices attract fish of various species and the timing of the campaign coincides with their deployment in November for the 2012 season.

The six FADS are sponsored by Club Marine Insurance, Refishwest, All Marine Services, Fremantle Sailing Club, Furuno, Hillarys Yacht Club, and the Perth Game Fishing Club.

For their locations, visit: www.pgfc.com.au. They will be recovered next May.

PGFC Secretary, Peter Coote, said it was hoped the Code would encourage proper use of the FADs, which are there to be used by all anglers. The yellow cone-shaped devices are anchored in depths up to 220m and in the past have become the targets of irresponsible fishers and even used as moorings. Fisheries Department technical equipment has also been removed on occasions.

The FADs are deployed each year with operational support from the State government’s Challenger Institute of Technology using the training vessel Maritime Image and its crew of students studying nautical fishing.

- Barry Wiseman

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