ISSF position statements raise issues and recommendations for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) to consider in their policymaking discussions and decisions.

Our advocacy team prepares and circulates our statements in advance of major tuna RFMO meetings. Some statements are available in several languages, depending on RFMO region. If you would like to request an older version of a statement, write to us at [email protected].

Biodegradable FAD Timeline: Reducing FAD Structure Impacts on the Marine Ecosystem

Date Added: February 1, 2022
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Tags: Biodegradable FADs, Ecosystem, FADs, ISSF, science
Language: English
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Report Type: Final

Description

This timeline shows ISSF research and other activities in 2009–2021 focused on brainstorming, designing, and testing biodegradable fish aggregating devices (FADs) for tuna fishers. It was updated in January 2022.

Biodegradable FADs are made with natural materials that can break down over time and are less harmful to the marine environment. In contrast, traditional FADs are made with man-made materials that, when not retrieved after fishing, persist in and pollute the oceans.