My FAD GPS Data

My FAD GPS Data

Off Windward Big Island…

 On those days when it’s safe and comfortable to go to the FADS, a Naval Oceanographic Office website shows Sea Surface Height and Ocean Current Speed and Direction. Each FAD has a particular scope or amount of slack line that allows the buoy to move somewhat in the direction of prevailing currents. This means that a cloud of points is necessary to describe where the buoy will be from time to time. But if you know the general sea surface current direction (as shown by the arrows), then you know which side of the cloud of points to search in order to find the buoy. In the example for June 7, 2009 below, we might expect to find HK on the Hamakua side of the cloud, G and E on the NE side of the cloud and D on the NW side of the cloud.

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If you have problems finding the buoy (I always look for a boat that’s already gotten there), try going to the edge of the cloud of points and having the sun behind you. Using this strategy, the buoy is much more visible as a bright yellow circle than when you’re looking at the shaded side.

As a public service to the community, I offer my collection of GPS data points for the FADs that I fish. If you use these data, please be aware that I’m not offering them as absolute navigation data but rather a helpful collection to which the user may add his/her own data points when on site at the buoy.

FAD

Latitude Longitude

D (missing) 19° 37.500 N 154° 46.700 W

19° 37.057 154° 46.450

19° 38.120 154° 47.519

 

E 19° 46.100 154° 54.800

19° 45.907 154° 54.799

19° 45.365 154° 54.488

19° 45.405 154° 55.126

G (missing) 19° 50.700 154° 52.980

19° 50.881 154° 53.662

19° 50.385 154° 53.232

19° 51.723 154° 53.537

 

HK (missing) 19° 58.736 154° 58.245

19° 58.194 154° 58.637

19° 58.967 154° 59.796

19° 58.600 154° 58.245

 

QQ 19° 39.200 154° 53.500

19° 39.198 154° 53.502

19° 38.899 154° 53.451

19° 39.200 154° 53.496

19° 38.615 154° 53.240

19° 38.782 154° 53.500