The Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS), Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR), Ngchesar State government, and the Division of Marine Law Enforcement (DMLE), deployed the sixth Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, as a part of the National FAD Program.
Although this is the sixth FAD deployed through the National FAD Program, a total of 20 FADs were already deployed since 2013 as part of another program.
The FAD was deployed about three miles off the coast of Ngchesar state at latitude 7’26” 5.794 N and longitude 134’4” 12.754 E.
BMR staff built and deployed the FAD in the water; and the Ngchesar state governor, along with Ngchesar fishermen, rangers, and Protected Area Network (PAN) officers attached the skirt made of coconut leaves, which acts as the attractor for the fish (figure 1).
A buoy with a Palau flag floating on the water indicates the location of the FAD (figure 2).
Figure 1 (image courtesy of South Pacific Community [SPC])
The next FAD deployment is scheduled for Airai State.
All maps and coordinates of the current FADs may be obtained at the Palau National Marine Sanctuary Office (PNMS) at 488-4285, or the Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR) at 488-3125. (PR)