Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Research article
16 Jan 2024
Research article |  | 16 Jan 2024

Assessing the drift of fish aggregating devices in the tropical Pacific Ocean

Philippe F. V. W. Frankemölle, Peter D. Nooteboom, Joe Scutt Phillips, Lauriane Escalle, Simon Nicol, and Erik van Sebille

Model code and software

dFAD drift WTPO P.F.V.W. Frankemölle

Short summary
Tuna fisheries in the Pacific often use drifting fish aggregating devices (dFADs) to attract fish that are advected by subsurface flow through underwater appendages. Using a particle advection model, we find that virtual particles advected by surface flow are displaced farther than virtual dFADs. We find a relation between El Niño–Southern Oscillation and circular motion in some areas, influencing dFAD densities. This information helps us to understand processes that drive dFAD distribution.