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The Portland FAD lies about 6.57 km (3.55 nautical miles) off the coast of Victoria in the Southern Ocean (show Victoria on map).
A FAD or 'fish attracting/aggregating device' is a man made structure deployed at sea. They can provide a focal point for the aggregation of certain pelagic fish species in the warmer months. In particular, Dolphinfish or Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) are particularly well known as being attracted to FADs. FADs are typically deployed for the summer months when the water is warmer and removed over winter for maintenance. They may be redeployed in different locations in following years.
In the near vicinity of the Portland FAD the water depth ranges from about 73.9 to 68.9 metres deep (about 37.7 to 40.4 fathoms / 226 to 243 feet).
The nearest Australian towns, villages or cities to the Portland FAD are the town of Portland (show me).
Bonzle users have caught and/or seen gummy shark, southern bluefin tuna and yellowtail kingfish at Portland FAD (Note: some species of fish may not be available at all times of the year. Always check State/Territory fishing regulations for size, bag/possession limits and licensing/permit requirements. Some native fish are protected and may not be taken). Is this list accurate? Have you caught or seen other species of fish at Portland FAD? Contribute your knowledge by clicking here.
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