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.

ISSF 2015-08: Harmonization of Longline Bycatch Data in Tuna RFMOs

Date Added: August 9, 2016
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Tags: Bycatch, Longline, RFMOs, Tuna
Authors: ISSF
Language: English
Author(s): ISSF
Report Type: Technical Report

Description

The so-called “Kobe Process”, a series of informal joint meetings of the tuna Regional Fishery Management Organizations, has identified a number of issues that should be analyzed in order to improve harmonisation globally. The process identified harmonisation of bycatch data collected by the RFMOs as one such issue. This document is a report of a meeting of technical experts tuna longline fisheries, which provided the first opportunity for progress towards harmonisation of bycatch data for these fisheries. The objective of this meeting was to review the documentation of the data fields that are equivalent and those that are unique to particular RFMOs for the purpose of assisting with comparison across tuna RFMOs. The workshop findings should assist the Joint tuna RFMO Bycatch Technical Working Group with completing the data harmonisation aspects of its workplan.