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 & Biodegradable FADs Guide tagged with Best Practices

Image Title Date Author(s) Language RFMO(s) Tag(s) Category Company Report Type Activity Year
Image Title Date Author(s) Language RFMO(s) Tag(s) Category Company Report Type Activity Year
Addressing FAD Ecological Impacts: Research & Best Practices to Reduce Bycatch and Ocean Debris December 10, 2018 N/A English N/A Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, science Infographics N/A Final December 10, 2018
Best Bycatch Release Practices in Tuna Purse Seiners March 7, 2018 N/A English N/A Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Skippers Workshops Bycatch N/A Final March 7, 2018
FAD Use, FIPs, & the MSC Standard September 24, 2019 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, FADs, Fisheries Improvement Projects, MSC Certification, Purse Seine, Tuna Infographics N/A Final September 24, 2019
ISSF / IPNLF Skippers’ Guidebook to Pole-and-Line Fishing Best Practices July 11, 2019 IPNLF, ISSF English N/A Best Practices, Pole and Line, Skippers Guidebook, Tuna Guides & Best Practices N/A Final July 11, 2019
ISSF 2019-11: Recommended Best Practices for FAD Management in Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries July 31, 2019 Gala Moreno, Hilario Murua, Holly Koehler, Victor Restrepo English N/A Best Practices, FADs, Hilario Murua, Koehler, Moreno, Purse Seine, Restrepo Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 31, 2019
ISSF 2020-10: Recommended Best Practices for Tuna Longline Fisheries in Transition to MSC Certification* March 16, 2020 Ana Justel-Rubio, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Hilario Murua, Juan Pedro Monteagudo English N/A Best Practices, Fisheries Improvement Projects, Hilario Murua, Justel-Rubio, Longline, Monteagudo, MSC Certification, Restrepo, Tuna Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report March 16, 2020
ISSF 2020-11: Recommended Best Practices for Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries in Transition to MSC Certification, with an Emphasis on FADs* March 16, 2020 Ana Justel-Rubio, Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Hilario Murua, Juan Pedro Monteagudo English N/A Best Practices, FADs, Fisheries Improvement Projects, Hilario Murua, Justel-Rubio, Monteagudo, Moreno, MSC Certification, Purse Seine, Restrepo, Tuna Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports N/A Technical Report March 16, 2020
ISSF 2020-15: Information and Monitoring Best Practices for Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries Relative to the MSC Standard September 8, 2020 Ana Justel-Rubio, Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Hilario Murua, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A Best Practices, FADs, Fisheries Improvement Projects, MSC Certification, Purse Seine Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports N/A Technical Report September 8, 2020
ISSF 2021-02: Combatting IUU Fishing: Continual Improvement and Best Practices for IUU Listing Measures in Tuna RFMOs* February 26, 2021 Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, van der Geest, Vessel Lists, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report February 26, 2021
ISSF 2021-03: Transshipment: Strengthening Tuna RFMO Transshipment Regulations* May 6, 2021 Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, MCS, RFMOs, Transshipment, van der Geest, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 6, 2021
ISSF 2021-05: Survey of Human Observer Programs for Purse Seine Vessels and a Set of Best Practices* April 21, 2021 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, Purse Seine, RFMOs, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports N/A Technical Report April 21, 2021
ISSF 2021-06: Tuna RFMO Compliance Assessment Processes: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* April 9, 2021 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 9, 2021
ISSF 2021-07: Survey of the Treatment of Support/Supply/Tender Vessels in Tuna RFMOs* February 26, 2021 Dr. Gala Moreno, Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, Moreno, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report February 26, 2021
ISSF 2021-08: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* February 26, 2021 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Koehler, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report February 26, 2021
Longline FIPs Best Practices Checklist April 28, 2020 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, Fisheries Improvement Projects, Longline Guides & Best Practices N/A Final April 28, 2020
Minimum Standards for Vessel Electronic Monitoring Systems June 19, 2020 N/A English N/A Best Practices, Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, Purse Seine, Tuna Infographics N/A Final June 19, 2020
NGO Tuna Forum: Collective Best Practices for Well-Managed At-Sea Transshipment March 10, 2020 NGO Tuna Forum English N/A Best Practices, Transshipment Guides & Best Practices N/A Guide March 10, 2020
NGO Tuna Forum: Collective Best Practices for Well-Managed FAD Fisheries March 10, 2020 NGO Tuna Forum English N/A Best Practices, FADs Guides & Best Practices N/A Guide March 10, 2020
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (English) October 8, 2019 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (French) October 8, 2019 ISSF French N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Indonesian) October 8, 2019 ISSF Indonesian N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Japanese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Japanese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Korean) October 8, 2019 ISSF Korean N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Simplified Chinese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Simplified Chinese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Spanish) October 10, 2019 ISSF Spanish N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 10, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Tagalog) October 8, 2019 ISSF Tagalog N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Traditional Chinese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Traditional Chinese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide (Vietnamese) October 8, 2019 ISSF Vietnamese N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Ghost Fishing, Non-Entangling FADs, RFMOs, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Guides & Best Practices, Non-Entangling FADs, Translated N/A Guide October 8, 2019
Poster of Bycatch Best Practices (Chinese Translation) March 7, 2018 N/A Simplified Chinese N/A Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Translated N/A Final March 7, 2018
Poster of Bycatch Best Practices (Indonesian Translation) March 7, 2018 N/A Indonesian N/A Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Translated N/A Final March 7, 2018
Poster of Bycatch Best Practices (Korean Translation) March 7, 2018 N/A Korean N/A Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Translated N/A Final March 7, 2018
Poster of Bycatch Best Practices (Vietnamese Translation) September 6, 2018 N/A Vietnamese N/A Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Skippers Workshops Bycatch, Translated N/A Final September 6, 2018
Purse Seine FIPs Best Practices Checklist April 28, 2020 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, Fisheries Improvement Projects, Purse Seine Guides & Best Practices N/A Final April 28, 2020
Reducing FAD Impacts on Ocean & Coastal Ecosystems November 13, 2018 N/A English N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, FADs, Ghost Fishing, science Infographics N/A N/A November 13, 2018
RFMO Best Practice Performance June 22, 2020 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, Observer Coverage, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, Transshipment, Vessel Lists, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Final June 22, 2020
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: Authorised Vessel Lists February 3, 2020 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot February 3, 2020
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: IUU Vessel Listing February 3, 2020 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot February 3, 2020
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: Treatment of Supply & Tender Vessels by RFMO February 25, 2020 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot February 25, 2020
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2020: Vessel Monitoring Systems March 2, 2020 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot March 2, 2020
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2021: Compliance Processes April 9, 2021 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Compliance, RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot April 9, 2021
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2021: FAD Management June 10, 2021 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot June 10, 2021
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2021: Observer Requirements March 1, 2021 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot March 1, 2021
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2021: Transshipment Regulation June 2, 2021 N/A English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Transshipment, Tuna, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot June 2, 2021
The Ideal Purse Seine Vessel: A Guide To Demonstrating Best Practices & Meeting ISSF Conservation Measures May 13, 2015 N/A English N/A Best Practices, Compliance, Conservation Measures, ProActive Vessel Register, Purse Seine Infographics N/A N/A May 13, 2015