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 2020-11: Recommended Best Practices for Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries in Transition to MSC Certification, with an Emphasis on FADs*

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

Description

This report summarizes recommended best practices for tropical tuna purse seine fisheries with a FAD component (i.e., with a portion of its sets on schools of tuna associated with fish aggregating devices) 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 with suggested examples for concrete actions.

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

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