Press Release

New Fishing Aggregation Devices Deployed

Saipan, September 12, 2014 — The Division of Fish and Wildlife's Fisheries Research Section has just completed the deployment of two new fish aggregation devices, also known as FADs at the following locations:

Buoy: FF
Latitude: 14° 59' 45.8" N
Longitude: 145° 27' 25.3" E

Buoy: CC
Latitude: 14° 59' 33.6" N
Longitude: 145° 43' 45.8" E

FADs may be considered as a structural oasis in the open ocean, providing a home or hiding place for bait fishes and a feeding ground for pelagic fishes such as Skipjack Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahimahi.

FADs provide an alternative method of fishing compared to shore-based fishing. Fish aggregating devices benefit fishermen by: maintaining a set location where target, pelagic fishes may be caught; minimizing the time spent searching for schools of fish or flocks of birds; reducing fuel consumption when fishing; reducing cost to fishermen; and by obtaining information on fish and FAD interactions. FADs also reduce fishing pressure on reef fishes.

The CNMI Division of Fish & Wildlife's FAD program is ongoing and will be replacing, maintaining, and adding more FADs across the CNMI on a yearly basis, and is funded by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service-Dingell-Johnson Sportfish Restoration Grant.

For more information, contact DFW Fisheries FAD project manager Frank Villagomez at 664-6044 or email fvillagomez.dfw@gmail.com.