FADs and Artificial Reefs

​​​​​​​Fish aggregating devices

Fish aggregating devices (FADs) are structures placed in the sea to attract some species of pelagic fish. These include tunas, sharks, marlin and yellowtail kingfish. Originally developed for commercial fishing, FADs have become increasingly used around Australia to provide recreational fishing opportunities.

Understanding why FADs work has attracted a lot of scientific interest. The traditional view is that FADs provide structure for small organisms to colonise which then attracts small fish – and in turn, larger fish. Research also suggests that migrating fish use FADs as a resting place or a geographical reference point. The reasons why particular fish are attracted to FADs differs between species.


 


Locations

FADs will be deployed through September 2023 in a total of 14 locations around Tasmania, and will remain in the water year-round. See the maps and table below for location details. 

FADs and AR Legend 
 


​FAD Location 
Degree, Minutes, Seconds (DMS)

​Degree Decimal Minutes (DDM)

Decimal Degree (DD)​​

Bridport​40°59'22.3"S
147°25'44.1"E

​40°59.3717'S
147°25.735'E
​40.989528°S
147.428917°​E
Burnie
41°00'51.4"S
145°50'57.8"E
​41°00.8567'S
145°50.9633'E
41.014278°S
145.849389°​E
​Low Head
​41°02'17.3"S
146°47'18.7"E
​41°02.2883'S
146°47.3117'E
41.038139°S
146.788528°​E
​Devonport​41°08'39.6"S
146°25'12.2"E
​41°08.66'S
146°25.2034'E
41.144333°S
146.420056°​E
Marion Bay
​42°50'40.44"S
147°56'01.73"E
​​42°50.674'S
147°56.0288'E
42.844566°S
147.933813°​E
​Norfolk Bay
​42°56'42.62"S    147°43'54.78"E​​​42°56.7103'S
147°43.913'E
42.945172°S
147.731883°​E
Frederick Henry Bay 1
​42°59'22.09"S
147°33'42.41"E
​​​​42°59.3681'S
147°33.7068'E
42.989469°S
147.561780°​E
Frederick Henry Bay 2
​42°53'26.88"S
147°38'08.88"E
​​​​​42°53.448'S
147°38.148'E
42.8908°S
147.6358°​E
Storm Bay
​43°04'33.33"S
147°28'38.80"E
​43°04.5555'S
147°28.6466'E
43.075925°S
147.477444°​E
​Little Swanport
​42°17'41.71"S
148°02'22.84"E
​​42°17.6951'S
148°02.3806'E
42.294919°S
148.039677°​E
Great Oyster Bay 1
42°10'22"S
​​148°10'36"E
​42°10.371'S
148°10.601'E
​​42.17285°S
148.176683°​E
Great Oyster Bay 2
42°10'24"S
​​148°10'43"E
​42°10.404'S
148°10.716'E
​​42.1734°S
148.1786°​E
St Helens
41°14'29"S
148°24'24"E
​41°14.4833'S
148°24.4'E
41.241388°S
148.406666°​E
Tasman (Foxy's Reef)
​​43°05'19.32"S
148°01'38.04"E
​43°05.322'S
148°01.634'E​
​​43.0887°S
148.027233°​E​

Artificial reefs

Artificial reef unit

Artificial reef units

Two artificial reefs were deployed in Tasmanian waters in late 2022 at Great Bay and January 2023 at Turners Beach. This project is the result of a commitment by the Tasmanian Government to provide exciting new recreational fishing opportunities in areas where little natural reef exists.

It is expected that snapper will be a key species attracted to both reefs though it may be several years before they are fully colonised by fish and invertebrates.

Both reefs have received environmental approvals and their impacts will be closely monitored, particularly in the first five years.

Locations

​Artifical Reefs Location
​​Degree, Minutes, Seconds (DMS)
​​​Degree, Decimal Minutes (DDM)
​Decimal Degree (DD)

​​Great Bay, D'Entrecasteaux Channel 

- 166 modules





NW 43°12'35.16"S
147°18'16.02"E
NW 43°12.586’S
147°18.267’E

NW 43.209767°S
147.30445°E
NE 43°​12'35.34"S
14718'51.18"°
NE 43°12.589’S
147°18.853’E

NE 43.209817°​S
147.314217°E
SE 43°13'01.26"S
147°18'50.94"E
SE 43°13.021’S
147°18.849’E

SE 43.217017°S
147.31415°E
SW 43°13'01.14"S
147°18'15.42"E
SW 43°13.019’S
147°18.257’E

SW 43.216983°S
147.304283°E
​​​Turners Beach, North West Coast 
- 152 modules​







NW 41°07’11.04"S
146°13’0.42"E

NW 41°07.184’S
146°13.007’E

NW 41.119733°S
146.216783°E

NE 41°07’11.04"S
146°13’34.79"E
NE 41°07.184’S
146°13.580’E

NE 41.119733°S
146.226333°E
SE 41° 07’36.77"S
146° 13’34.79"E

SE 41°07.613’S
146°13.580’E

SE 41.126883°S
146.226333°E

SW 41°07’36.77"S
146°13’0.42"E

SW 41°07.613’S
146°13.007’E

SW 41.126883°S
146.216783°E


Artificial reef design 

    Contact

    Recreational Fishing Enquiries
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

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    Recreational Fishing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    Hobart TAS 7000

    Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au