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 Biodegradable FADs

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
Biodegradable FAD Timeline: Reducing FAD Structure Impacts on the Marine Ecosystem February 1, 2022 English N/A Biodegradable FADs, Ecosystem, FADs, ISSF, science Infographics N/A Final February 1, 2022
BioFADs: New Trials and Large-Scale Deployment April 20, 2021 English N/A Biodegradable FADs, FADs, ISSF, Pole and Line, Purse Seine, science Infographics N/A Final April 20, 2021
ISSF 2015-12: Report of the 2015 ISSF Workshop on Non-Entangling FADs March 24, 2015 ISSF English N/A Biodegradable FADs, FADs, Non-Entangling FADs, Purse Seine Meeting Reports, Non-Entangling FADs, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report March 24, 2015
ISSF 2016-18A: Workshop on the Use of Biodegradable Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) December 18, 2016 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Martin Hall, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Igor Sancristobal, Maitane Grande, Sarah Le Couls, Dr. Josu Santiago English N/A Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch Mitigation, FADs, science, Skippers Workshops Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report December 18, 2016
ISSF 2016-18B: Taller sobre el Uso de Dispositivos Concentradores de Peces Biodegradables (DCPs) December 19, 2016 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Martin Hall, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Igor Sancristobal, Maitane Grande, Sarah Le Couls, Dr. Josu Santiago Spanish N/A Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch Mitigation, FADs, science, Skippers Workshops Scientific Reports, Technical Reports, Translated N/A Workshop Report December 19, 2016
ISSF 2016-18C: Atelier sur l’utilisation de Dispositifs de concentration des poissons (DCP) biodégradables January 16, 2017 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Martin Hall, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Igor Sancristobal, Maitane Grande, Sarah Le Couls, Dr. Josu Santiago French N/A Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch Mitigation, FADs, science, Skippers Workshops Scientific Reports, Technical Reports, Translated N/A Workshop Report January 16, 2017
ISSF 2018-07: Design Workshop on the Use of Biodegradable Fish Aggregating Devices in Ghanaian Purse Seine and Pole and Line Tuna Fleets April 6, 2018 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Papa Kebe, Dr. Jerry Scott, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A Biodegradable FADs, FADs, Pole and Line, Purse Seine Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report April 6, 2018
ISSF 2018-19A: Workshop for the Reduction of the Impact of Fish Aggregating Devices’ Structure on the Ecosystem September 14, 2018 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Martin Hall, Ernesto Altamirano, Nagore Cuevas, Maitane Grande, Isadora Moniz, Igor Sancristobal, Dr. Josu Santiago, Uriarte, Iker Zudaire, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A Biodegradable FADs, FADs Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report September 14, 2018
ISSF 2018-19B: Taller para la Reduccion del Impacto de la Estructura de los Dispositivos Concentradores de Peces en el Ecosistema September 14, 2018 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Martin Hall, Dr. Josu Santiago, Ernesto Altamirano, Nagore Cuevas, Maitane Grande, Isadora Moniz, Igor Sancristobal, Uriarte, Iker Zudaire, Dr. Victor Restrepo Spanish N/A Biodegradable FADs, FADs Scientific Reports, Technical Reports, Translated N/A Workshop Report September 14, 2018
ISSF 2018-20: Compendium of at-Sea Bycatch Mitigation Research Activities as of September 2018* October 2, 2018 Dr. Victor Restrepo, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Dr. Gala Moreno, K. Schaefer, Fabien Forget, Igor Sancristobal, David Itano, Dr. Melanie Hutchinson English N/A Acoustic Discrimination, Bigeye Tuna, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Purse Seine, Rays, science, Sea Turtles, Sharks Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report October 2, 2018
ISSF 2019-13: Towards Biodegradable FADs: Evaluating the Lifetime of Biodegradable Ropes in Controlled Conditions December 17, 2019 Dr. Gala Moreno, M. Shiham Adam, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A Biodegradable FADs, Ecosystem, FADs, Purse Seine Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report December 17, 2019
ISSF 2020-13: Compendium of ISSF Research Activities to Reduce FAD Structure Impacts on the Ecosystem April 30, 2020 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Ahmed Riyaz Jauharee, Iker Zudaire, Dr. Hilario Murua, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A Biodegradable FADs, Ecosystem, FADs, Purse Seine Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 30, 2020
ISSF 2021-11: Questions and Answers About FADs and Bycatch* June 10, 2021 Dr. Hilario Murua, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Dr. Gala Moreno, Ana Justel-Rubio, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Purse Seine Bycatch, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report June 10, 2021
ISSF Scientific Research with Tuna Fleets, 2011-Present April 20, 2021 English N/A Acoustic Discrimination, Biodegradable FADs, Bycatch Mitigation, Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, FADs, ISSF, science, Sharks, Tuna Infographics N/A Final April 20, 2021
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
Reducing FAD Impacts on Ocean & Coastal Ecosystems November 13, 2018 English N/A Best Practices, Biodegradable FADs, FADs, Ghost Fishing, science Infographics N/A N/A November 13, 2018