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 Harvest Control Rules

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
ISSF 2013-03: Report of the 2013 Stock Assessment Workshop. Harvest Control Rules and Reference Points for Tuna RFMOs March 8, 2013 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report March 8, 2013
ISSF 2015-06: Report of the 2015 Stock Assessment Workshop. Characterizing Uncertainty in Stock Assessment March 29, 2015 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report March 29, 2015
Joint Letter to IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, and WCPFC (March 21, 2017): Harvest Strategies and Monitoring, Control and Surveillance March 22, 2017 N/A English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, FADs, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MCS, Non-Entangling FADs, Observer Programs, WCPFC Joint Advocacy, Joint Letters N/A Final March 22, 2017
Joint Letter to WCPFC (Nov. 27, 2017): Harvest Strategies, Non-entangling FADs, and Observer Coverage November 30, 2017 N/A English WCPFC Advocacy, Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, Harvest Control Rules, Harvest Strategies, Longline, Non-Entangling FADs, Observer Coverage, Tuna, WCPFC Joint Advocacy, Joint Letters N/A Final November 30, 2017
NGO Tuna Forum Global Tuna Sustainability Appeal (September 2018) September 30, 2018 N/A English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Advocacy, Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Non-Entangling FADs, Observer Programs, WCPFC Joint Advocacy, Joint Letters N/A Final September 30, 2018
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Harvest Control Rules (HCRs) (2013-2020) February 23, 2021 N/A English N/A Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final February 23, 2021
Status of Tuna Harvest Control Rule Development June 22, 2018 N/A English N/A Harvest Control Rules, Harvest Strategies, Strategic Plan, Tuna Infographics, Strategic Plan N/A N/A June 22, 2018
The Journey: IOTC Skipjack Harvest Control Rules November 10, 2016 N/A English N/A Harvest Control Rules, IOTC, Skipjack Infographics N/A N/A November 10, 2016