Overview of FAD Implementation of Maldives
The FAD Implantation Section of the Ministry of Fisheries, and Agriculture was established back in 1981 with a mandate to conduct an experimental fisheries development program which turned out to be an extremely instrumental and particularly effective in initiating an innovative way of easing fish capture through aggregation of large quantities of fish into prescribed areas where artificial floating objects were placed. Based on the spontaneously successful results from the very first experiments, the FAD Center has become an absolute necessity for the continued development of FAD systems and enhancing fish capture by utilizing FAD's for fishing.
Maldives started experimenting with FADs as early as 1981 when knowledge of and technologies for the very deep ocean moorings were quite limited and unavailable. At the time, this was a very new field and therefore there were no existing knowledge-base to derive from. As a result the FAD Center had to undertake experiments, device new means and concepts to deal with the problems associated with the early FAD systems. By virtue of its wide experience in the field of FADs, the FAD Center now attains commendable technical know-how and expertise in this challenging field. The field is challenging because unlike structures built on land, the FAD Section is constantly faced with many problems arising from having to deal with FAD systems which are subjected to constantly variable and dynamic forces of nature to which they are subjected to.
The FAD Center during the last two decades or so has developed new concepts and many design improvements for FAD's. One remarkable experimental activity in this respect is the design, construction and experimentation of a Bait Fish Aggregating Device (BFAD). A new device for attracting small bait fish.
Since 1981, the FAD Center has continued to play a vital role within the overall fisheries developmental efforts of the Ministry
The FAD Implementation Section under takes design, production and installation of all Fish Aggregating devices ( FADs ) in the Maldives .
Specified functions of the FAD Implantation Section are as follows:
1. Conduct a countrywide program to design, develop, construct, install and monitor FAD systems as a means of enhancing the country's fish production.
2. Designed , developed construct installation and monitor of bait Aggregation device
3. To conduct hydro graphic survey for installation of bait aggregating devise and fish aggregation devices in Maldives
Latest developments of FAD Implementation ( Year 2014 )
Fad installed - Haa Alif Atoll , Haa Dhaalhu , Kaafu Atoll, Meemu Atoll , Thaa Atoll , Gaafu Alif Atoll and Seenu Atoll Download ( Announcement on 24th April 2014 )
Regarding the Changers of Fad Positions Download ( Announcement on 26th May 2014 )
Fad installed - Haa Dhaalu Atoll , Meemu Atoll , and Vaavu Atoll Download ( Announcement on 7th September 2014 )
Fad installed - Alifu Alifu Atoll, Faafu Atoll, Seenu Atoll Download ( Announcement on 29th October 2014 )
Fad installed - Kaafu and Shaviyani Atoll Download ( Announcement on 6th November 2014 )