The design of the FADs is based on a system that has been used by the State of Hawaii since 1980. Their system is operated by the 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 their system is derived from the Dingle-Johnson Federal Funds, disbursed through DAR. The daily management of their FAD system is supervised by Mr. Warren Cortez.
The FADs in the PR FAD system are being constructed and deployed by Fundacion Legado Azul led by chairmen Dr. Alfredo Torruella and the Fundacion’s Board of Directors. Funds were acquired through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration Program grant awarded to Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources (Project F-70.1).