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A new comprehensive ISSF technical report summarizes activities carried out by ISSF with the support of the U.N. FAO GEF Common Oceans Tuna Project to reduce the impact of the structure of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) on the ecosystem and move towards the global use of biodegradable FADs.

These activities include:

  • Workshops that gather fishers and scientists working in three oceans to evaluate potential solutions to minimize the impacts and identify challenges
  • Selection and testing of biodegradable materials in controlled conditions
  • Pilot tests of experimental biodegradable FADs at sea
  • Large-scale tests of biodegradable FADs in real fishing conditions

The report shows the results and recommendations derived from the research completed through December 2019.

Read the Compendium of ISSF Research Activities to Reduce FAD Structure Impacts on the Ecosystem


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ISSF is sponsoring at-sea research to find the best non-entangling designs and natural materials for fish aggregating devices (FADs) that can biodegrade.

This recently updated map shows where large-scale biodegradable FAD deployments are taking place around the world. It also indicates the tuna fishing gear types, fleets, and dates for each project.

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Featured Guide

Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs Guide

ISSF maintains a best-practices guide — based on years of ISSF scientific research and fleet collaboration worldwide, including at skippers workshops — to help tuna fishers accelerate their use of fish aggregating device (FAD) designs with the least possible impact on the marine ecosystem.

The ISSF Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs Guide is the first manual to show, through detailed illustrations, non-entangling (NE) FAD raft and tail designs made with biodegradable materials.

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About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.