World-class fishing experience not a passing FAD


Queensland fishers are set to reel in a great catch with the installation of 10 new fish attracting devices (FADs) off the southeast Queensland this week.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the FADs are floating buoys tethered offshore to attract fish.

“We’re creating a world-class experience by investing $1 million in these structures that will attract sports fish species including Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish), cobia and mackerel,“ Mr Furner said.

“The added benefit of making it more likely that you’ll hook one of these species is that it takes some of the pressure off snapper and pearl perch, which are currently overfished and stocks are very low.

“These FADs have been installed in ten locations from Double Island Point to the Gold Coast this week by the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol from its vessel the KI Ross.

Mr Furner said almost 1 million Queenslanders had enjoyed recreational fishing at least one over the last year, making the sector an important driver of jobs and tourism.

“A few weeks ago we asked fishers to have their say on the proposed locations and suggestions for other places to install these FADs and 90 per cent of respondents said they loved the idea,“ he said.

“There has been an overwhelming response from the public to the program.

“We’ll take some of their suggestions for other locations for these structures to talk to potential partners who may be interested in matching funding to expand the program in South East Queensland or more widely.

“We believe that this initiative will help to strengthen world class recreational fishing  in Queensland, while giving snapper and pearl perch stocks an opportunity to rebuild.

“By encouraging recreational fishers to target species other than snapper and pearl perch, we can ensure a sustainable fishery for our children and grandchildren so they can enjoy fishing for these iconic Queensland species for years to come.“

Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said fishing was an important part of the Queensland way of life.

“My own community includes thousands of recreational fishers and it is great to see us creating more opportunities for them to enjoy fishing,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“It is important for local jobs in this community and in many others along the Queensland coast, from bait and tackle shops to accommodation and tourism operations.

GPS locations of the FADs are available on the Department’s website at and will be promoted through Fisheries Queensland social media.

FADs are for the benefit and enjoyment of all and we remind people not to moor on the FADs and to be courteous to other people fishing in the area.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner

Business Environment

Mark Furner MP : Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities :
PO Box 15009, City East, 4002, Queensland Wide
13 74 68
07 3405 6930
Mark Furner MP : Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Natural disaster guides to help producers get ready for the season 27 November 2020 | Now is the time for primary producers to prepare for natural disasters to help ensure the safety of family, workers and animals. More information...
Fisheries regulation overhaul to support Queensland's economic recovery 30 September 2020 | A major fisheries regulation overhaul will cut red tape for the commercial fishing industry, protect export jobs and set Queensland on the path to more profitable and sustainable fisheries. More information...
Queensland extends sensible and safe border arrangements for agriculture 21 September 2020 | Queensland’s border arrangements for agricultural industry and workers have been extended. More information...
Jobs for the picking across Queensland 17 September 2020 | A range of seasonal agriculture jobs are up for the picking across Queensland, with working-holiday makers and Queenslanders seeking employment encouraged to work and explore their way around the state. More information...
Animal exhibitors helped through COVID-19 pandemic 04 September 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government has provided almost a quarter of a million dollars in grants to 34 businesses that exhibit animals to ensure they can maintain proper standards of care for their animals during the... More information...
Queensland resists Federal attempt to water down COVID-19 safety measures 03 September 2020 | Queensland will push back against any Federal Government attempt to blow holes in the border restrictions that have been protecting Queenslanders from widespread COVID-19 transmission. More information...
Gympie export meat processor named #eatqld Champion 30 August 2020 | The Queensland Government has named Terry Nolan, of export meat processors Nolan Meats, the state’s eighth #eatqld Champion. More information...
Spanner crab export pioneers named #eatqld Champion 30 August 2020 | The Queensland Government has recognised Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs as an #eatqld Champion. More information...
Dairy farmer and agritourism advocate named #eatqld Champion 30 August 2020 | Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Ms Tommerup had been chosen for her entrepreneurial attitude and dedication to promoting the value of the farming industry. More information...
Recreational fishing grants doubled, opening for applications 15 August 2020 | Queensland’s popular Recreational Fishing Grants are available again in 2020, with the funding available for eligible anglers doubled to $200,000. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service