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 2020-01: ISSF Skippers Workshops Round 9*

Date Added: January 10, 2020
Authors: Dr. Jefferson Murua, Dr. Gala Moreno, David Itano, Martin Hall, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Dr. Victor Restrepo
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Tags: Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, FADs, Purse Seine, Skippers Workshops
Language: English
Featured: False
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

Round 9 of the ISSF Skippers Workshops in 2019 maintained the collaboration links between tuna purse-seine fishers and scientists through a series of 12 participatory bycatch-reduction meetings in 9 countries.

Key fleets in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans (e.g., Spanish, French, Ghanaian), Eastern Pacific Ocean (e.g., Ecuadorian, Mexican), and Western Pacific Ocean (e.g., Filipino, Marshallese, Indonesian) were covered. Zadar, a hometown to Croatian skippers operating in the Pacific Ocean, was also added to the extensive list of locations covered by the workshops. A new attendance record was reached in Manta (Ecuador) with 173 participants in a single workshop.