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 2021-06: Tuna RFMO Compliance Assessment Processes: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices*

Date Added: April 9, 2021
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Tags: Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, WCPFC
Authors: Holly Koehler
Language: English
Featured: False
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

Each of the five international regional fisheries management organizations responsible for highly migratory species (“tuna RFMOs”) has an annual mechanism to monitor and assess the compliance of members, and in some cases cooperating non-members (CNMs), with their obligations under the RFMO convention and its conservation and management measures.

This technical report — updated in April 2021 — examines each of these tuna RFMO compliance mechanisms with respect to the range of obligations and commitments that are assessed, the current operational conditions of each compliance assessment process, what tools are available to respond to instances of non-compliance, and the public availability of information about the level of compliance of RFMO members or CNMs and their actions to address areas of identified non-compliance.

This report also considers whether RFMO compliance assessment processes incentivize improvement in member compliance and in the performance of the RFMO as an institution. It also explores other aspects of designing or ensuring an effective RFMO compliance assessment system. In the final section, a set of best practices for monitoring, assessing, and addressing non-compliance in RFMOs is identified.

See also our RFMO Best Practices Snapshot on compliance processes.