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Fish Aggregation Devices (FAD)

November 15, 2013

Fish Aggregation Devices have become a common tool in commercial fishing. FAD’s are floating platforms that create a gathering place for fish. Drift FAD’s are free floating and trail lengths of net and other materials.

Many drift FAD’s are equipped with GPS tracking buoys and some even have SONAR to detect fish. The tracking buoy sends messages to the fishing fleet giving its location. Sometimes FAD’s get lost or are abandoned and become marine debris. Besides being trash, the trailing nets of these rogue FAD’s damage coral when they wash up and become entangled on the reef.

With the help of our park rangers in Manu’a island, they have removed three (3) of these devices from our park in Ofu this year.

Malo guys for a job well done!

Park ranger Ricky Misa'alefua examines a washed up FAD snagged in the ocean waters of our national park in Ofu island.

Park ranger Ricky Misa’alefua examines a washed up FAD snagged in the ocean waters of our national park in Ofu island.

Park ranger Ricky carefully cuts away the last of the net to free the FAD before taking it to shore for disposal.

Park ranger Ricky carefully cuts away the last of the net to free the FAD before taking it to shore for disposal.

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