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 WCPFC Position Statement

Date Added: October 28, 2020
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RMFOs: WCPFC
Tags: Compliance, Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, FADs, Harvest Strategies, MCS, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, Transshipment, Tuna
Language: English
report_type: Final

Description

ISSF prepared this position statement for consideration at the 17th regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), which will take place December 8-15, 2020. The statement covers topics in these categories: tuna conservation; fish aggregating devices (FADs); harvest strategies; monitoring, control, and surveillance; and compliance.

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