Fish Aggregating Devices

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


Note: All coordinates are in WGS84 datum.

FAD Location Latitude (S) Longitude (E) Distance from nearest access point (km) Depth (m)
(1)Tweed Heads --
Retrieved for winter maintenance
(2) Byron Bay
Retrieved for winter maintenance
(3) Ballina--Retrieved for winter maintenance70
(4) Evans Head --Retrieved for winter maintenance50
(5) Yamba --Retrieved for winter maintenance 70
(6) Wooli --Retrieved for winter maintenance 65
(7) Coffs Harbour --Retrieved for winter maintenance 85
(8) Nambucca --
Retrieved for winter maintenance
(9) South West Rocks 30° 50.534'153° 11.803'Macleay River – 16.5 104
(9A) Hat Head--Retrieved for winter maintenance85
(10) Port Macquarie --Retrieved for winter maintenance 90
(11) Laurieton

31° 40.566'

152° 55.713'

Camden Haven – 10

(12) Crowdy Head --

Retrieved for winter maintenance

(13) Forster 32° 13.211'152° 40.680'Cape Hawke Harbour – 16.5 80
(14) Port Stephens --Retrieved for winter maintenance 120
(14A) Port Stephens--Retrieved for winter maintenance130
(15) Newcastle --Retrieved for winter maintenance95
(16) Swansea --Retrieved for winter maintenance 110
(17) Terrigal --Retrieved for winter maintenance 115
(18) Sydney North --Retrieved for winter maintenance105
(18A) Sydney North --Retrieved for winter maintenance115
(19) Sydney Harbour --Retrieved for winter maintenance 50
(20) Sydney East --Retrieved for winter maintenance 98
(20A) Sydney East--Retrieved for winter maintenance98
(21) Botany Bay Wide --Retrieved for winter maintenance 140
(21A) Botany Bay Wide--Retrieved for winter maintenance140
(21B) Sydney--Retrieved for winter maintenance105
(22) Sydney South --Retrieved for winter maintenance 140
(22A) Sydney South--Retrieved for winter maintenance140
(23) Wollongong --Retrieved for winter maintenance 110
(24) Shellharbour --Retrieved for winter maintenance 110
(25) Kiama
Retrieved for winter maintenance 115
(26) Jervis Bay --Retrieved for winter maintenance 110
(26A) Jervis Bay--Retrieved for winter maintenance145
(27) Ulladulla --Retrieved for winter maintenance120
(28) Batemans Bay --Retrieved for winter maintenance 120
(29) Narooma --Retrieved for winter maintenance120
(29A) Bermagui--Retrieved for winter maintenance125
(30) Far South Coast --Retrieved for winter maintenance 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

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