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.

Towards Acoustic Discrimination of Tuna Species at FADS

Date Added: September 14, 2016
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Tags: Bigeye Tuna, Bycatch, Conservation Measures, FADs, Purse Seine, Skipjack, Sticky, Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna
Language: English

Description

ISSF is sponsoring research to develop a methodology to achieve acoustic selectivity of tropical tuna species, exploring the frequency response of tunas with and without swim-bladders. Swim-bladdered and non-swim-bladdered species typically have different contrasting frequency responses. This research could be applied during fishing operations to help distinguish skipjack (non-swim-bladdered fish) from bigeye and yellowfin tunas (swim-bladdered fish) — and avoid catching undesirable tuna species in FAD sets.