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 2020-10: Recommended Best Practices for Tuna Longline Fisheries in Transition to MSC Certification*

Date Added: March 16, 2020
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Tags: Best Practices, Fisheries Improvement Projects, Hilario Murua, Justel-Rubio, Longline, Monteagudo, MSC Certification, Restrepo, Tuna
Authors: Ana Justel-Rubio, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Hilario Murua, Juan Pedro Monteagudo
Language: English
report_type: Technical Report

Description

This report summarizes recommended best practices for tuna longline fisheries that aim to participate in Fishery Improvement Programs (FIPs) with the objective of achieving MSC certification.

The recommended practices are linked to MSC Fishery Certification Requirements including suggested examples for concrete actions that the fleets can implement.

Dr. Victor Restrepo, Juan Pedro Monteagudo, Ana Justel-Rubio, and Dr. Hilario Murua authored the report.

See also our related “Longline FIPs Best Practices Checklist” document.