PGFC Rottnest FAD Program
PGFC initiated the Rottnest Island recoverable FAD program in 1997, some 15 years after early non-recoverable FADs were positioned in company wit Fremantle Sailing Club’s game fishing group. These FADs were designed to be recoverable in order to avoid winter storms and wear on components which were considered responsible for losses in early years. WA Fisheries assisted with funding the initial program.
Since then with the assistance of naming rights sponsors and Recfishwest it has been successfully funded.
The six FADs are positioned west of Rottnest in early November. Every season some may be lost through damage by ships, weather, or undetermined reasons. The remaining FADs are recovered in early May and taken ashore for refurbishment. All the assembly and maintenance work is carried out by PGFC member volunteers.
Our current FAD sponsors, after whom the FADs are named, are Club Marine, Fibrelite Boats, Fremantle Sailing Club, Furuno, Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club and Perth Game Fishing Club .
The FADs attract gamefish species including tuna, yellowtail kingfish, mahi mahi, wahoo and marlin, creating a major game fishing experience that otherwise would not exist. Estimates of activity during the 2019-20 season are of close to 5000 angler visits to the FADs.
PGFC’s experience with design and construction of FAD floats and moorings is recognised by Recfishwest in its statewide FAD program which includes the use of 22 PGFC designed units.
To learn more about the PGFC FAD program enquire to firstname.lastname@example.org .
FAD Sponsorship & Donations
The FADs are well patronised by thousands of the ever increasing recreational fishing community who enjoy this world class opportunity. The best way to support this program is to firstly join PGFC and your membership and/or volunteering helps continue this program. Another alternative is to make a donation to the program.
Please contact the club though CONTACT US to make your much appreciated donation.