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 2021-11: Questions and Answers About FADs and Bycatch*

Date Added: June 10, 2021
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Tags: Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Dagorn, Ecosystem, FADs, Hilario Murua, Justel-Rubio, Moreno, Purse Seine, Restrepo
Authors: Ana Justel-Rubio, Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Hilario Murua, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Dr. Victor Restrepo
Language: English
Featured: False
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

This report answers key questions about Fish Aggregating Devices, or FADs — man-made floating objects used to aggregate tunas. The authors compare the catch composition of target tuna species in both FAD and free-swimming school purse-seine sets, consider the bycatch of non-target species, discuss fishing effects in relation to juvenile tunas, and address other FAD issues.

ISSF 2021-11 is an update of two earlier versions of the report (Dagorn and Restrepo, 2011 and Restrepo et al., 2017).