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


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-315', Anonymous Referee #1, 26 Mar 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-315', Anonymous Referee #2, 02 May 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Philippe Frankemölle on behalf of the Authors (29 Sep 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Oct 2023) by Anna Rubio
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (18 Oct 2023)
ED: Publish as is (19 Oct 2023) by Anna Rubio
AR by Philippe Frankemölle on behalf of the Authors (28 Oct 2023)  Manuscript 
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.