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 2018-19A: Workshop for the Reduction of the Impact of Fish Aggregating Devices’ Structure on the Ecosystem

Date Added: September 21, 2018
Authors: Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Martin Hall, Ernesto Altamirano, Nagore Cuevas, Maitane Grande, Isadora Moniz, Igor Sancristobal, Dr. Josu Santiago, Uriarte, Iker Zudaire, Dr. Victor Restrepo
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Tags: Biodegradable FADs, FADs
Language: English
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Report Type: Workshop Report

Description

This report summarizes the results of a workshop organized by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), and supported by the FAO GEF Common Oceans Program and ISSF, to reduce the impact of FAD structures on the ecosystem.

The workshop gathered fishers and scientists working in the three oceans where tuna is caught with FADs. The main goal of the workshop was to evaluate potential solutions to minimize the impacts and identify the challenges to be faced, including the evaluation of the starting point of the issue regarding the fate of lost and abandoned FADs.

Participants in the workshop evaluated, from a technical point of view, the potential of FAD retrieval, the use of FADs that remain in the fishing zone (FADs with navigation capability, FADs that could be sunk, and anchored FADs) and simplifying FAD structures, among others. Likewise, the feasibility of the different measures was assessed in the short and long term.

This report also is available in Spanish.