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.

Non-Entangling FADs: Skipper Acceptance Levels & RFMO Proposals

Date Added: January 21, 2020
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Tags: FADs, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, Skippers Workshops, Strategic Plan
Language: English
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Report Type: Final

Description

In ISSF Skippers Workshops, skipper participants share feedback on different sustainable fishing approaches. This infographic, updated in December 2019, tracks changes in skippers’ acceptance of switching to non-entangling fish aggregating devices (FADs) from traditional FADs to reduce shark and other bycatch in tuna fisheries. It also shows the number of Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMOs) proposals relating to policies on non-entangling FADs in fisheries.