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 2021-08: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices*

Date Added: February 26, 2021
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Tags: Best Practices, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC
Authors: Holly Koehler
Language: English
Featured: False
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) for highly migratory species, straddling stocks and discrete high-seas stocks, have established either centralized RFMO satellite vessel monitoring systems (VMS) for the high seas of their areas of competence or prescribed requirements for national VMS systems to apply to vessels that operate in the RFMO areas of competence.

This Technical Report examines and compares these existing RFMO VMS programs and the prescribed operational and technical specifications. In the final section of the Report, the results of the survey of RFMO VMS programs are used to identify a set of Best Practices for VMS.

See also our RFMO Best Practices Snapshot on vessel monitoring systems.