Fish Aggregating Devices

Crowdy FAD

Fisheries Aggregating Devices, or FADs, are strategically placed along the NSW coast during the warmer months.

FADs have a long history of use in NSW, and were first a resource for fishers with the introduction of the Recreational Fishing Fee in 2001.

Monitoring of the FADs by DPI has shown mahi mahi (also known as dolphinfish) is the most common species found around the FADs, representing 95% of the catch.

Fishers are encouraged to fish safely around FADs, including considering the code of conduct for FAD fishing. Report a lost or damaged FAD by contacting the program coordinator at DPI on (02) 4424 7421 or by email.

Find a FAD

Locations

Note: All coordinates are in WGS84 datum.

FAD Location Latitude (S) Longitude (E) Distance from nearest access point (km) Depth (m)
(1)Tweed Heads 28° 09.730' 153° 41.000' Tweed Heads – 13.0 64
(2) Byron Bay 28° 36.723' 153° 42.758' Brunswick Heads – 17.5 70
(3) Ballina 28° 54.430' 153° 41.189' Richmond River – 14 70
(4) Evans Head 29° 06.400' 153° 36.200' Evans River – 17 50
(5) Yamba   Missing 
(6) Wooli 29° 52.703' 153° 26.117' Wooli River – 16 65
(7) Coffs Harbour 30° 14.858' 153° 21.605' Coffs Harbour – 21 85
(8) Nambucca 30° 39.622’ 153° 08.934’ Nambucca - 13 60
(9) South West Rocks 30° 50.534' 153° 11.803' Macleay River – 16.5 104
(10) Port Macquarie 31° 24.567' 153° 04.725' Hastings River – 16 90
(11) Laurieton 31° 39.601' 152° 56.235' Camden Haven – 10 65
(12) Crowdy Head 31° 47.000' 152° 55.200' Crowdy Head – 17.0 79
(13) Forster 32° 13.211' 152° 40.680' Cape Hawke Harbour – 16.5 80
(14) Port Stephens 32° 46.967' 152° 24.703' Tomaree – 22.5 120
(15) Newcastle 32° 55.333' 151° 59.935' Hunter River–19.1 95
(16) Swansea 33° 10.005' 151° 48.976' Swansea Channel – 17 110
(17) Terrigal 33° 30.032' 151° 38.592' Terrigal Skillion – 19 115
(18) Sydney North 33° 35.700' 151° 34.600' Broken Bay – 22 105
(19) Sydney Harbour 33° 47.021' 151° 22.700' Port Jackson – 8.5 50
(20) Sydney East 33° 59.316' 151° 20.951' Botany Bay – 9.5 98
(21) Botany Bay Wide 33° 59.672' 151° 26.743' Botany Bay – 18 140
(22) Sydney South 34° 07.950' 151° 23.090' Port Hacking – 21 140
(23) Wollongong 34° 27.321' 151° 04.308' Port Kembla Outer Harbour – 16 110
(24) Shellharbour 34° 33.720' 151° 00.626' Shellharbour – 13 105
(25) Kiama 34° 41.000' 150° 59.500' Kiama – 12 115
(26) Jervis Bay 34° 57.750' 150° 58.500' Currarong – 13 110
(27) Ulladulla 35° 22.732' 150° 41.776' Ulladulla Harbour - 22 120
(28) Batemans Bay 35° 50.000' 150° 22.630' Batemans Bay – 22 120
(29) Narooma 36° 13.170' 150° 17.450' Wagonga Inlet - 14 120
(30) Far South Coast 36° 58.800' 150° 14.750' Eden – 29 125

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The location of a FADs may fluctuate slightly depending on wind, swell and current direction. However, the Department relies heavily on anglers to inform us about missing FADs.

If you find that a FAD is not on its correct coordinates or is missing, please contact the FADs Program Coordinator as soon as possible to allow NSW DPI staff to investigate.

Phone: (02) 4424 7421
Email: fisheries.FADs@dpi.nsw.gov.au

The bait collection marker buoy is very popular with anglers and provides access to excellent bait grounds close to local fishing areas. The device is located in the relatively protected waters of Trial Bay and slimy mackerel and yellowtail scad (yakkas) can often be found in high numbers in the vicinity of the buoy. Please note that boats should not tie up to the buoy when collecting bait as this places excessive strain on the mooring line. Please deploy your anchor.

FAD Location Latitude (S) Longitude (E) Distance from nearest access point (km) Depth (m)
Trial Bay 30°52.760′S 153°03.110′E Macleay River 10