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.

2022 ICCAT Position Statement (English)

Date Added: October 31, 2022
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RMFOs: ICCAT
Tags: Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, ICCAT, MCS, RFMOs, Sharks, Tuna
Language: English
Featured: True
activity_year: 2022
Report Type: Final

Description

ISSF prepared this position statement for consideration at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) 23rd special meeting on November 14-21, 2022. The statement covers topics in these categories: tuna conservation; fish aggregating devices (FADs); harvest strategies; bycatch and sharks; monitoring, control, and surveillance; compliance; and capacity management.

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

French and Spanish translations of this statement are available.