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.

Bycatch Mitigation Research Progress Report

Date Added: February 5, 2018
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Tags: Bigeye Tuna, Bycatch Mitigation, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Strategic Plan
Language: English

Description

This infographic is based on years of ISSF research into best practices for (1) avoiding catching non-target species during tuna fishing operations and/or (2) handling and releasing those species, when they are incidentally caught, with the best chance of survival. It shows the areas where best practices have been identified for sharks, bigeye tuna, sea turtles, and finfish, and also which methods warrant additional research.

Created in January 2018, the infographic is from the Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries microsite, which explores ISSF’s accomplishments to date as well as strategic goals in the 2018-2022 ISSF Strategic Plan