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 2012-12: Harmonisation of Purse-Seine Data Collected by Tuna RFMO Observer Programmes

Date Added: August 8, 2016
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Tags: Bycatch, Observer Programs, RFMOs, Stock Status
Authors: ISSF
Language: English
Author(s): ISSF
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

The so-called “Kobe Process,” a series of informal joint meetings of the tuna Regional Fishery Management Organizations, has identified a number of issues that should be analyzed in order to improve harmonisation globally. The process identified harmonisation of bycatch data collected by the RFMOs as one such issue. This document is a report of a meeting of technical experts in tropical tuna purse-seine fisheries observer programs, which provided the first opportunity for progress towards harmonisation of bycatch data for tropical tuna purse-seine fisheries. The objective of this meeting was to harmonize data collection systems and variable definitions to improve research on bycatch mitigation, stock assessment and other topics. The report includes recommendations for the minimum data standards and data fields, including identification of areas where some uncertainty in data definitions remains.