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 WCPFC

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
2021 WCPFC Position Statement October 15, 2021 English WCPFC Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, MCS, Tuna, WCPFC Position Statements N/A Final October 15, 2021
ISSF 2011-06: Managing Fishing Capacity in International Fisheries. Approaches and Practices in RFMOs. Aug 2011 August 15, 2011 María Cecilia Engler Palma English N/A Capacity Management, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report August 15, 2011
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
ISSF 2018-15: 2018 ISSF Stock Assessment Workshop: Review of Current t-RFMO Practice in Stock Status Determinations April 26, 2018 ISSF English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Assessment, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Workshop Report April 26, 2018
ISSF 2018-18: Reporting and Transparency of Catch and/or Effort Quotas in Tuna RFMOS: A Survey Paper July 12, 2018 Holly Koehler, Dr. Victor Restrepo English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report July 12, 2018
ISSF 2019 Position Statements February 15, 2021 English, French, Spanish IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Bycatch, Capacity Management, Compliance, FADs, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MCS, RFMOs, Sharks, Supply Vessel, Tuna, WCPFC Position Statements N/A Final February 15, 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, Observer Coverage, Observer Programs, Purse Seine, RFMOs, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports N/A Technical Report April 21, 2021
ISSF 2022-03: An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria* January 28, 2022 Paul A.H. Medley, Jo Gascoigne, Giuseppe Scarcella English N/A Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MSC Certification, RFMOs, science, Skipjack, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC, Yellowfin Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report January 28, 2022
ISSF 2022-04: Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna. March 2022* March 8, 2022 ISSF English CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Bluefin Tuna Species, CCSBT, Harvest Strategies, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, science, Skipjack, Sticky, Stock Assessment, Stock Status, Tuna, WCPFC, Yellowfin Tuna Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report March 8, 2022
ISSF 2022-05: Tuna RFMO Compliance Assessment Processes: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* April 4, 2022 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 4, 2022
ISSF 2022-06: RFMO Vessel Monitoring Systems: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* March 15, 2022 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report March 15, 2022
ISSF 2022-07: Port State Measures in Tuna RFMOs: Benchmarking RFMO Port State Measures Against the 2009 FAO PSMA and Identifying Gaps* March 23, 2022 Holly Koehler English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Port State Measures, RFMOs, Tuna, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report March 23, 2022
ISSF 2022-08: Combatting IUU Fishing: Continual Improvement and Best Practices for IUU Listing Measures in Tuna RFMOs* April 1, 2022 Holly Koehler, Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report April 1, 2022
ISSF 2022-10: Transshipment: Strengthening Tuna RFMO Transshipment Regulations* May 18, 2022 Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, MCS, RFMOs, Transshipment, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 18, 2022
ISSF 2022-11: Tuna RFMO Authorised Vessel Lists: A Comparative Analysis to Identify Best Practices* May 16, 2022 Claire van der Geest English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, MCS, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 16, 2022
ISSF 2022-12: Survey of the Treatment of Support/Supply/Tender Vessels in Tuna RFMOs* May 19, 2022 Holly Koehler, Dr. Gala Moreno English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, WCPFC Best Practices Reports, Scientific Reports, Technical Reports N/A Technical Report May 19, 2022
Joint Letter to IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, and WCPFC (March 21, 2017): Harvest Strategies and Monitoring, Control and Surveillance March 22, 2017 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 (March 29, 2017): Transparency and Observer Participation March 29, 2017 English WCPFC Observer Programs, WCPFC Joint Advocacy, Joint Letters N/A Final March 29, 2017
Joint Letter to WCPFC (Nov. 27, 2017): Harvest Strategies, Non-entangling FADs, and Observer Coverage November 30, 2017 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
Key Gaps and Priorities in Tuna RFMO Port State Measures March 23, 2022 English N/A CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, Port State Measures, RFMOs, Tuna, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final March 23, 2022
NGO Tuna Forum Global Tuna Sustainability Appeal (September 2018) September 30, 2018 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 Best Practice Performance June 22, 2020 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 — 2021: FAD Management June 10, 2021 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: FAD Management May 16, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot May 16, 2022
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 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Transshipment, Tuna, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot June 2, 2021
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Authorised Vessel Lists May 16, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot May 16, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Compliance Processes April 4, 2022 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, Compliance, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot April 4, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: IUU Vessel Listing April 1, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Lists, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot April 1, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Treatment of Supply & Tender Vessels by RFMO May 19, 2022 English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Supply Vessel, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot May 19, 2022
RFMO Best Practices Snapshot — 2022: Vessel Monitoring Systems March 15, 2022 ISSF English N/A Best Practices, CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Vessel Monitoring System, WCPFC RFMO Best Practices Snapshots N/A Snapshot March 15, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Bycatch Mitigation (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Bycatch Mitigation, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Bycatch, Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Capacity Management (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Capacity Management, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Electronic Monitoring and Electronic Reporting (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Electronic Monitoring & Reporting, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC FADs, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Harvest Control Rules (HCRs) (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC Harvest Control Rules, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on MCS and IUU (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, IUU, MCS, RFMOs, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022
RFMO Progress on Proposals on Stock Health and Management (2013-2021) January 20, 2022 English IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, WCPFC IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC, RFMOs, Stock Status, WCPFC Infographics N/A Final January 20, 2022