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.

Joint Letter to IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, and WCPFC (March 21, 2017): Harvest Strategies and Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

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This letter was submitted to four tuna Regional Fishing Management Organizations (RFMOs) on March 21, 2017, by ISSF and 82 other organizations that recognize tuna stock sustainability is integral to businesses and livelihoods as well as the health of the marine environment. The letter lists several priority areas that the organizations believe require immediate RFMO action.

The signatories include these environmental nongovernment organizations (NGOs), ISSF participating companies, tuna processors, industry/fleet associations, retailers, food service companies, and importers worldwide: Ahold Delhaize (Global), Aldi North (Global), Aldi South (Global), American Albacore Fishing Association, American Bird Conservancy, American Tuna, ANABAC, Anova (US), Anova Seafood BV, AP2HI, Atunlo, Auchan Retail (Global), BirdLife International, Bolton, Bumble Bee Seafoods, Carrefour (Global), Casino (FR), Caterers Choice (UK), Chancerelle, Client Earth, Conservation International, Co-op (UK), Coop Italia (IT), Coop Trading (All Scandinavia), Davigel, Edeka (DE), Environmental Defense Fund, Eroski (ES), Fishwise, Frinsa, Greencore (UK), Grupo Conservas Garavilla (Isabel), Grupo Maritimo Industrial (Grupomar), Herdez del Fuerte, Horizon Fisheries, IPNLF, ISSF, IUCN SSC Tuna & Billfish Specialist Group, Jealsa, Kroger (USA), Lidl (Global), Loblaws Canada, M & J Seafood (UK), Marks & Spencer (UK), MDPI, Mercadona (ES), Migros (CH), MMP, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Morrisons (UK), New England Seafood International (UK), Ocean Brands, Ocean Harvesters Operative, OPAGAC, Orthongel, Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (PAST), Pesca Azteca, Pick N Pay (South Africa), Princes, Procesa, REWE GROUP (Global), RS Cannery, Sainsbury’s (UK), Salica, SEAPAC (a subsidiary of Kingfisher), Sodexo (Global), Spar (Austria), Spar (South Africa), Subway, Sustainable Fish Cities, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, Tesco, Thai Union/COSI, Thai Union Europe, The Nature Conservancy, Thunnus Overseas Group/Conserveries des Cinq Océans, Tri Marine, Tunago Fishery, Ltd., Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse (DE), Wegmans (USA), Woolworths (South Africa), World Wise Foods (UK), and World Wildlife Fund.

The letter PDF was updated on April 10, 2017, to include two follow-up letters of support from StarKist and TUNACONS (Tuna Conservation Group), which includes Nirsa, Grupo Jadran, Eurofish, Servigrup, and Tri Marine.