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.

Addressing FAD Ecological Impacts: Research & Best Practices to Reduce Bycatch and Ocean Debris

Date Added: December 10, 2018
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Tags: Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, science
Language: English
report_type: Final

Description

This infographic, published in December 2018, explains how tuna fishers use fish aggregating devices (FADs) — and lists four main ways that FADs affect non-target species (such as sharks and sea turtles) and ocean ecosystems.

It summarizes ISSF scientific research to find solutions for these impacts, and then indicates best practices in bycatch mitigation as well as FAD design and management.