ISSF_CommitmentsAndMeasures_v2-3_67 3.5 Transactions with Vessels that Use Only Non-entangling FADs Scientific studies have shown that FADs, when constructed with materials such as loose old netting, can entangle vulnerable species such as sharks. While some RFMOs have adopted a transition from traditional FADs to non-entangling FADs, others have not. ISSF is committed to support a transition to non-entangling FADs, globally.
Gear Type: Purse Seine and Support Vessels Adopted: October 18, 2016
Effective: October 18, 2016
  1. Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall conduct transactions only with those purse seine vessels whose owners have a public policy regarding the use of only non-entangling FADs. The policy should refer to the ISSF Guide for Non-Entangling FADs and shall apply to all new FAD deployments, regardless of the type of vessel that deploys the FADs.
  2. For the purposes of this measure, a policy is “public” if it is published on the company’s website or is otherwise available to the general public.
  3. The vessel owner must have a policy in place and published within six months of the adoption of this conservation measure that will be effective for new FAD deployments no later than 12 months after the vessel owner adopts its policy.
  4. For purposes of this measure, non-entangling FADs should meet the minimum specifications in the ISSF Guide for Non-Entangling FADs.  Vessel owners shall not deploy FADs that meet the description of “highest entanglement” contained in the ISSF Guide.