Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs Guide

ISSF’s Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs guide for tuna fishers, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), governments, and vessel owners shows research-based best practices in Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) design — both to avoid bycatch and reduce marine pollution.

Four tuna RFMOs already require fleets in their regions that fish with FADs to use only non-entangling designs. Some RFMOs additionally encourage fleets to build those FADs with biodegradable materials. The guide, first published in 2012 and revised in 2019 to include the biodegradable recommendation, is available in several languages.

2020 IATTC Position Statement

Date Added: October 30, 2020
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RMFOs: IATTC
Tags: Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, MCS, Tuna
Language: English
report_type: Final

Description

ISSF prepared this position statement in October 2020 for consideration at the 94th session of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), which will take place November 30-December 4, 2020. The statement covers topics in these categories: tuna conservation; fish aggregating devices (FAD) management; harvest strategies; monitoring, control, and surveillance; and compliance.

The statement also includes ISSF’s top “asks” or requests of IATTC, along with a list of ISSF’s global priorities for all RFMOs.

A Spanish translation of the statement is available.