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 2015-06: Report of the 2015 Stock Assessment Workshop. Characterizing Uncertainty in Stock Assessment

Date Added: August 9, 2016
Authors: ISSF
Downloaded: 400 times
Tags: CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC
Language: English
Featured: False
Report Type: Workshop Report


This Workshop was convened by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) to review progress made recently by tuna Regional Fishery Management Organizations (tRFMOs: CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC and WCPFC) towards the formal adoption of harvest strategies for the management of the stocks under their jurisdiction, with a special focus on the treatment of uncertainty and the estimation of risk. This progress involves improved data collection, adoption of target and limit reference points, and analyses of the performance of alternative harvest control rules through management strategy evaluations. This report summarizes what the tRFMOs have adopted and also highlights related work that supports the RFMO processes. The workshop concluded that good progress is being made overall, especially through the processes of dialogue between scientists and managers that have been initiated in ICCAT, IOTC and WCPFC. The report also makes recommendations for furthering these efforts.