FADs program update 2023-2024
As a welcome boost for WA’s sportfishers, funding for the State-wide FADs program has been confirmed for the next three years, after we presented the overwhelming evidence of the success of Recfishwest’s three-year RFIF-funded trial program.
It is fantastic news for medium to large-sized boat fishers who enjoy venturing out to the devices to target hard-fighting pelagics such as dolphinfish, tuna, billfish and wahoo. There have been large numbers (and sizes) of these prized sportfish caught at all FADs locations across WA – keep them coming!
DPIRD also recently announced that the Metro FADs will be deployed towards the end of October, 2023 with the rest of the southern FADs stretching from Albany to Steep Point (a new location!) expected to be in the water by late November, 2023.
An expansion to the FADs network will include 40 FADs in 13 locations around WA, including: Albany, Cape Naturaliste, Mandurah, Rockingham, Perth, Lancelin, Jurien Bay, Geraldton, Steep Point, Exmouth, Dampier, Port Hedland and Broome.
A heads up for Gascoyne and Pilbara fishers, the six combined FADs that were deployed off Exmouth, Dampier and Point Samson have also been retrieved for maintenance prior to the cyclone season.
As for the re-deployment of FADs in our northern regions, more will be soon in the drink off Exmouth and Broome to compliment the FADs that were deployed off Dampier and Point Samson. These deployments are expected to take place around March/April of 2024 and stay in the water until around November so they are in the water during the calmer winter months after the cyclone season passes throughout summer. We’ve been in discussions with fishing clubs and local communities in the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley regions to pinpoint the best locations for the devices which we will be sharing on our FADs location page (located above) as well as on our Recfishwest app.
To check in on real-time FADs coordinates and updates, make sure you tune in regularly to this page or via our app. Happy FADs fishing!