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 2019-08: Report of the International Workshop on Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries

Date Added: April 24, 2019
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Tags: Bigeye Tuna, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Dagorn, Ecosystem, FADs, Jefferson Murua, Justel-Rubio, Moreno, Purse Seine, Rays, Restrepo, science, Sharks, Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna
Authors: Dagorn, J. Murua, Justel-Rubio, Moreno, Restrepo
Language: English
activity_year: 2019
report_type: Workshop Report

Description

This is the report of a workshop held to review ISSF research and advocacy activities on mitigating environmental impacts of tropical tuna purse seine fisheries, with emphasis on bycatch and FADs.

Workshop participants included scientists, NGOs, tuna RFMOs, manufacturers, and purse seine fishing companies.

The workshop on March 12-13, 2019, in Rome was co-sponsored by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project and focused on six sessions: (1) Bycatch of the tuna purse seine fishery, (2) sharks and rays, (3) small bigeye and yellowfin tuna, (4) FAD structure impacts, (5) FAD management, and, (6) looking ahead: the next 10 years. Presentations for each of these topics were made, followed by discussions.

This report summarizes the main points made during presentations and discussions.

Download a companion PDF of all slide presentations from the workshop.