A sport fishing bonanza set to benefit Perth and regional Western Australia thanks to the installation of offshore Fish Aggregating Device (FAD), with hopes the device can boost WA’s tourism.
The move will give recreational boat fishers throughout the state a chance to ‘join the race’, as the floating fish beacon has the ability to attract stools of baitfish, bringing in big numbers of fast growing migratory pelagic fish species such as mahi-mahi, marlin, tuna and wahoo.
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announced this afternoon that purpose-built floats will be anchored around Perth, Albany, Bunbury, and Cape Naturaliste in the next few weeks, followed by Geraldton, Exmouth, and Broome early next year.
He also reveal the McGowan Government will invest $439,000 on recreational fishing license through the three years Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.
The fund aim to install, with maintain and monitor 26 devices in WA.
“The deployment of these latest FADs is exciting news for our recreational fishers with medium-sized trailer boats and bigger, providing the with the opportunity to catch fantastic sport fish like mahi-mahi,” Mr Kelly said.
“This new network of Fishing Aggregating Devices will also be a bonus for the economy, tourism and jobs in regional centres like Albany and Exmouth by attracting sport fishing tourists locally, nationally, and internationally.”
The concentrated aggregation technology have a track record of success in Australia, with boat fishers benefited with spectacular fishing catches.
Every year in November, the Perth Game Fishing Club deploys FADs off Perth coasts, and retrieves them in May.
The latest announcement will increase the number of FADs off Perth to 12, along with 20 new regional FADs coming soon.
The government hopes the FADs will attract visiting fishers and giving regional centres a much needed boost, with recreational fishers sending $1.8 billion a year on fishing trips.