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 / IPNLF Skippers’ Guidebook to Pole-and-Line Fishing Best Practices

Date Added: July 11, 2019
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Tags: Best Practices, Pole and Line, Skippers Guidebook, Tuna
Authors: IPNLF, ISSF
Language: English
report_type: Final

Description

ISSF and the International Pole & Line Foundation have collaborated to produce a guidebook on best practices for pole-and-line tuna skippers and vessel crew.

This is the first edition of the guidebook, which includes many photos, illustrations, and detailed tables. It covers:

  • Target tuna species in pole-and-line fishing
  • Tuna fishing operations, including tuna schools and fishing strategy
  • Catch handling, preservation, and quality issues, including storage practices and equipment
  • Baitfish species and baitfish management
  • Livebait capture and utilization

The guidebook also includes information about the history of pole-and-line fishing and sustainability considerations.