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.

Reducing FAD Impacts on Ocean & Coastal Ecosystems

Date Added: November 13, 2018
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Tags: Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, FADs, Ghost Fishing, science
Language: English

Description

This infographic summarizes recommendations from scientists and fishers in an ISSF workshop focused on identifying potential methods for preventing or minimizing FAD impacts on ocean and coastal ecosystems. The workshop was supported by the FAO GEF Common Oceans Program and ISSF.

The infographic is based on the report ISSF 2018-19A: Workshop for the Reduction of the Impact of Fish Aggregating Devices’ Structure on the Ecosystem, which is also available in Spanish.