As of March 6, 2014, there is a temporary “hold” on the replacement of missing FADs in the Hawaii FAD array.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is the federal agency that funnels federal money to the FAD program and USFS has determined that there needs to be a review of the permitting issues that apply to the Hawaii FAD program.   They have indicated that the replacement of FADs should be halted while these issues are resolved.  We are working to try and meet the concerns of USFS as quickly as possible and to resume normal running of our very popular FAD program.

LAST UPDATED March 27, 2014.

Recently Deployed: D and U

Missing FADS: Maui - LA, MC, HO, FF, and M;

Hawaii - C, VV, UU, TT, A, and HK;

Oahu - P, R, BO, LL, and MM;

Kauai - CK, AA, PP, and WK.

Discontinued: Hawaii - QQ.

The State of Hawaii has placed Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in the waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands. These buoys attract schools of tuna and other important pelagic fishes, such as dolphinfish (Mahimahi), wahoo (Ono), and billfish. FADs allow fishermen to easily locate and catch these species.

This site was initially created by Sea Grant College at the University of Hawaii. It is currently maintained by the Cooperative Administration of FADs Program located at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. Please use the frame on the left to navigate through this site.

For more information call or email:

Warren Cortez
(808) 848-2939

The State of Hawaii FAD program is operated by Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), SOEST, University of Hawaii in cooperation with the State of Hawaii„s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). The program is directed by Dr. Kim Holland of HIMB. Principle funding for the system is derived from the Dingle-Johnson Federal Funds, disbursed through DAR. The daily management of the FAD system is supervised by Mr. Warren Cortez.