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 2018-18: Reporting and Transparency of Catch and/or Effort Quotas in Tuna RFMOS: A Survey Paper

Date Added: July 12, 2018
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Tags: CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, Restrepo, RFMOs, WCPFC
Authors: Holly Koehler, Restrepo
Language: English
Author(s): Holly Koehler, Victor Restrepo
report_type: Technical Report

Description

Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) that are responsible for the management for highly migratory species, such as tuna, have adopted annual individual catch or effort limits for particular tuna stocks, or a total allowable catch or total allowable effort for specific tuna stocks. The adherence to these limits by RFMO Members and Cooperating Non-Members (CNMs) is typically monitored via annual, or sometimes, quarterly, reporting requirements.

This Survey Paper reviews what types of quotas have been adopted in the five tuna RFMOs, how those quotas are reported against by Members and CNMs, what reporting requirements are in place, and if any near-real time in-season reporting systems for the consumption of quotas are in place. The advantages and potential disadvantages of in-season quota consumption reporting are also examined, and findings provided.