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.

Biodegradable FAD Timeline: Reducing FAD Structure Impacts on the Marine Ecosystem

Date Added: February 1, 2022
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Tags: Biodegradable FADs, Ecosystem, FADs, ISSF, science
Language: English
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Report Type: Final

Description

This timeline shows ISSF research and other activities in 2009–2021 focused on brainstorming, designing, and testing biodegradable fish aggregating devices (FADs) for tuna fishers. It was updated in January 2022.

Biodegradable FADs are made with natural materials that can break down over time and are less harmful to the marine environment. In contrast, traditional FADs are made with man-made materials that, when not retrieved after fishing, persist in and pollute the oceans.