LAST UPDATED February 1, 2018.

Recently Deployed: T, S, BO, R, CK, EK, and WK.

Missing FADS: Maui - MC, SO, NL, N, and LA.

Hawaii - TT, B, F and ZZ.

Oahu - MM, LL, X, II, P, U and J.

Kauai - AA, KK, PP, and Z.

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) 956-0684

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.