Today is the official launch of the Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) project, an innovative program funded by Shell Malaysia and delivered jointly with the Sabah Government through the Sabah Department of Fisheries. This is Malaysia’s first private-public sector project of this nature for fishermen.

FADs are man-made floating structures aimed at attracting fish. The project involves creating new fishing grounds by placing FADs a safe distance away from the restricted Gumusut-Kakap deepwater project area. Last Wednesday, 10 FADs were safely installed in the pre-identified area, located about 85 nautical miles off Kota Kinabalu and a safe distance away from Gumusut-Kakap restricted area.

Sabah Department of Fisheries Director, Datuk Rayner Stuel Galid and General Manager for Sabah, Shell Malaysia, Siti Sulaiman were present at a symbolic ceremony to mark the official deployment of the FADs here today. Also present were members from the Kumpulan Nelayan Pancing Tuna Kota Kinabalu.

“Our priority is, and always will be safety. As a responsible operator, we do not want our activities to interrupt the livelihood of the communities we operate in, whether onshore or offshore. Shell proposed the Sabah Fish Aggregating Device project to promote and create new fishing grounds away from the restricted area of our deepwater platform. These FADs will ensure sustainable and continued fishing grounds for those affected by our operations,” Siti said.

The launch follows last year’s agreement between Shell and the Sabah Department of Fisheries for the implementation of the FAD project where Shell pledged RM450,000 for the construction and implementation of the FADs.

“This partnership programme will sustain the livelihood of the fishermen involved who are from the lower income bracket,” said Datuk Rayner.

He said that the department will further develop tuna fishing, which is one of the sub-sectors in deep-sea fishing, adding they will help the fishermen community with new and efficient fishing technologies including sonar fishing.

The Department of Fisheries is responsible for the management of the project and identified members from the Kumpulan Nelayan Pancing Tuna Kota Kinabalu who will become license holders for the FADs. The group will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the devices, ensuring their continued involvement in the future.

Siti also highlighted that the project showcased the strong working relationship between Shell, the government and the community in arriving at a safe and sustainable solution for communities affected by petroleum operations.


Durie Rainer Fong,

Upstream Communications, Shell Malaysia


Operating as production sharing contractors to PETRONAS, Shell Malaysia’s exploration and production companies  are  engaged  in the exploration for and efficient development and extraction of crude oil and natural gas from offshore Sarawak and Sabah, with onshore operations and offices in Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Labuan, Bintulu and Kuala Lumpur. Shell also builds and operates the infrastructure needed to deliver hydrocarbons to market.

The pioneer of Malaysia's exploration and production sector, Shell drilled Malaysia’s first commercial oil well in Miri, Sarawak in 1910. The company’s upstream base is still located in Miri after a century of operations.

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