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 2014-06: ISSF Skipper Workshops. Collaboration between Scientists and Fishing Industry to Mitigate Bycatch

Date Added: August 9, 2016
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Tags: Bycatch Mitigation, FADs, Jefferson Murua, Moreno, Restrepo, Tuna
Authors: J. Murua, Moreno, Restrepo
Language: English
Author(s): Jefferson Murua, Gala Moreno, Martin Hall, Dave Itano, Laurent Dagorn, Victor Restrepo
report_type: Technical Report

Description

SUMMARY
Since 2009, ISSF has been conducting workshops that join scientists, fishers and other key stakeholders from the principal tropical tuna fleets of the world. The goal is to find ways to reduce bycatch and the catch of small undesired tuna in Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) fisheries by developing more selective fishing practices and adopting technology that improves targeting of desirable catch. The workshop concept is based on the premise that sustainable management measures resulting from a participatory approach are more likely to be relevant and readily adopted by fishery members. Skippers possess extensive knowledge on tuna behavior and vessel fishing technology which can be used to understand the effects of fishing practices on non-target species and the environment and can lead to developing practical solutions to bycatch mitigation. This document describes the collaborative dialogue process and the results obtained during a series of workshops conducted between scientists and fishermen from 2009 – 2013.