Majuro Atoll FAD Programme 2017

Press Release
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The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA), in collaboration with the Majuro Atoll Local Government, recently deployed five sets of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), or kajoke, on May 2017. The aim of this project is to compliment national food security, sea safety, sustainable fishing practices and to benefit small scale fishermen throughout Majuro Atoll.

With the technical assistance provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Fisheries Development Officer Mr. William Sokimi, a total of 18 participants from Ajeltake to Laura, MALGov and MIMRA staff were able to construct and deploy these floating structures about three to four miles off the oceansides of Delap, Peace Park, Ajeltake, Woja and Laura districts. This is MIMRA’s second training with plans being underway to assist more local fishermen in other atolls by providing FAD trainings and monitoring to commence in the near future. 

To ensure longevity of the FADs, MIMRA highly requests that fishermen and boat operators do the following:

1) Refrain from tying boats onto the surface floats

2) Report any suspicious activities (floating of loose ropes, missing floats, vandalism etc)

3) Provide FAD Catch Data to support the continuity and longevity of this programme

4) Do not cut the ropes!                             

The FAD Team would like to acknowledge Majuro Do It Best and Mack Capelle for their assistance during the project. Kommol Tata!

FAD Positions

1. Bridge FAD: 07° 01.890’N 171° 21.818’E; Depth: 2000m
2. Peace Park FAD: 06° 59.874’N 171° 14.613’E; Depth: 2000m
3. Ajeltake FAD: 06° 59.861’N 171° 09.856’E; Depth: 2000m
4. Woja FAD: 07° 03.834’N 171° 04.907’E; Depth: 1900m
5. Laura FAD: 07° 10.696’N 171° 00.395’E; Depth 1600m

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FAD Divers

Meet Majuro’s one of a kind spear fishermen- John Alefaio, Travis Clark and Natnael Teshome. For a number of years, the avid fishermen have been free diving at the main pass, outer reefs and pinnacles to name a few of their spots. Lately they have found a new locale, Majuro’s Fish Aggregating Devices. There are six FADs situated 3.5 miles out on the ocean side from the Bridge to Laura. The FADs are popular with fishermen who go trolling in their boats eager to catch schools of tuna, marlin and other trophy fish. But with this trio, it is another story. They bravely free dive using spear guns to hunt for their catch, an unusual fishing technique practiced around FADs.

With the ocean side swells calmed down on Thursday 3 August 2017, the fearless spearfishermen headed out to their new playground. With luck, they were able to spot wahoos at both the Peace Park and Ajeltake FADs. The aggregators floating freely serve its main purpose of attracting baby fish which then allures the bigger fish. Natnael was able to spear a wahoo at the Peace Park FAD, whilst John and Travis each lost bigger wahoos at the Ajeltake FAD. As the ocean side swells calm down, the trio continues to search for their trophy fish around the FADs.

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