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 Ecosystem

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
Acoustic Discrimination Technology to Support Selective Fishing November 24, 2020 English N/A Acoustic Discrimination, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Purse Seine, Tuna Infographics N/A Final November 24, 2020
Acoustic Discrimination Timeline: Research and Publications April 20, 2021 English N/A Acoustic Discrimination, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Purse Seine, Tuna Infographics N/A Final April 20, 2021
Addressing FAD Ecological Impacts: Research & Best Practices to Reduce Bycatch and Ocean Debris December 10, 2018 English N/A Best Practices, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, science Infographics N/A Final December 10, 2018
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
ISSF 2019-08: Report of the International Workshop on Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries April 24, 2019 Dr. Victor Restrepo, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Fabien Forget, Ana Justel-Rubio English N/A Bigeye Tuna, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Purse Seine, Rays, science, Sharks, Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna Meeting Reports, Scientific Reports N/A Workshop Report April 24, 2019
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
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
Presentations from International Workshop on Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries (2019) April 24, 2019 Dr. Gala Moreno, Dr. Jefferson Murua, Dr. Laurent Dagorn, Dr. Victor Restrepo, Ana Justel-Rubio English N/A Bigeye Tuna, Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Ecosystem, FADs, Jefferson Murua, Justel-Rubio, science, Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna Meeting Reports, Scientific Reports N/A Workshop Report April 24, 2019