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.

ISSF 2016-15: A Comparative Study of Annual Tuna Catches from Two Different Sources: FAO Global Capture Database vs. Tuna RFMOs Statistical Databases (2000-2014)

Date Added: October 6, 2016
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Tags: Restrepo, RFMOs, Tuna
Authors: Garibaldi, Hampton, Justel-Rubio, Maunder, Restrepo
Language: English
Author(s): Ana Justel-Rubio, Luca Garibaldi, John Hampton, Mark Maunder & Victor Restrepo
report_type: Technical Report

Description

In this study, ISSF performed a comparative analysis of global tuna-catch statistics from 2000-2014 provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and tuna Regional Fishing Management Organizations (t-RFMOs). The report identifies and seeks to explain discrepancies between the FAO and t-RFMO data sources. In recent years, for example, discrepancies between the datasets have been about 5%, although some species- and region-specific discrepancies have been over 10%. Recommendations for how to address the discrepancies, and harmonize the datasets, are offered in the report.