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 Global Tuna Sustainability Appeal (September 2018)

Date Added: August 8, 2019
Downloaded: 127 times
RMFOs: IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC
Tags: Advocacy, Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Non-Entangling FADs, Observer Programs, WCPFC
Language: English
Report Type: Final

Description

This Mid-Cycle RFMO Update of the NGO Tuna Forum Global Tuna Sustainability appeal urges RFMOs to address important measures such as the adoption of precautionary Harvest Strategies for tuna stocks, increased observer coverage, transparency in transshipment activities, and effective management of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). 
 
More than 130 companies, fishing industry associations and non-governmental organizations signed this Appeal — an unprecedented level of support for measures that will positively impact the long-term sustainability of global tuna stocks and the overall health of the marine ecosystem.