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.

NGO Tuna Forum: Collective Best Practices for Well-Managed FAD Fisheries

Date Added: March 10, 2020
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Tags: Best Practices, FADs
Authors: NGO Tuna Forum
Language: English
Report Type: Guide


Leading NGOs focused on global tuna stock sustainability — and convened through the NGO Tuna Forum — have collaboratively developed these best practices for Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) fisheries to inform and guide tuna regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs), fishery improvement projects (FIPs), fisheries management authorities, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries with conditions, and commercial processing and harvesting sectors across the supply chain in developing and/or reforming regulations, policies and procedures, and compliance regimes.

This guide was updated in March 2020.

About the NGO Tuna Forum

The NGO Tuna Forum was established in 2017 to bring together NGOs and other individuals and organizations that work comprehensively on tuna sustainability issues globally.  The Forum works to elevate “pre-competitive” engagement where possible on issues and opportunities that fall within one or more of the following core focus areas: RFMO Management and Advocacy; Market-Based Mechanisms for Improving Sustainability; and On the Water Research, Activities and Improvements.

ISSF is a member of the NGO Tuna Forum, as are BirdLife International, Conservation International, FishWise, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and WWF.

The Forum is not intended to replace or supersede work already being done by individual groups; it seeks to enhance and elevate that work through coordination and collaboration, and to generate greater impact through the power of consistency among NGOs, that in turn improves engagement from the value chain.