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-target Species Caught in Tuna Fisheries

Date Added: April 15, 2016
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Tags: Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Gillnet, Longline, Pole and Line, Purse Seine, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Trolling
Language: English

Description

All fishing methods have some type of unintentional environmental impact. One impact that receives a lot of attention is the incidental catch of non-target species, often referred to as “bycatch.” This infographic reviews the relative impacts of different fisheries on non-tuna species caught incidentally in tuna fisheries.

The source for this infographic is primarily ISSF Technical Report 2015-02: Preliminary Study Of The Relative Fishery Impacts On Non-Tuna Species Caught In Various Tuna Fisheries.