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 IOTC Position Statement

Date Added: October 8, 2020
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RMFOs: IOTC
Tags: Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, IOTC, MCS, Supply Vessel, Tuna
Authors: ISSF
Language: English
report_type: Final

Description

ISSF prepared this position statement in October 2020 for consideration at the 24th session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), which will take place November 2-6, 2020. The statement covers topics in these categories: tuna conservation and management; management procedures (harvest strategies); FAD and supply vessel management; monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS); and compliance processes.

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

A French translation of the statement is available.