UPDATED: Questions and Answers about FADs and Bycatch
Sets on FADs are almost always successful for tuna fishers, while sets on free swimming schools have a 50% chance of success.
In all oceans, catches of tropical tunas are 37% by FAD sets, 27% by free-swimming sets, and 36% by other gears.
Both FAD and free-swimming school fishing practices catch non-target species, or bycatch.
These facts are some of the many details and data shared in ISSF’s newly updated report, Questions and Answers about FADs and Bycatch. The authors compare the catch composition of target tuna species in FAD and free-swimming school purse seine sets, consider the bycatch of nontarget species (including from a conservation viewpoint), and address other issues.
UPDATED: RFMO Management Database
We invite you to view ISSF’s RFMO Management Database, a keyword searchable list of the recent measures adopted by tuna RFMOs. Recently updated, the database lists measures adopted by CCSBT, IATTC, ICCAT, IOTC and WCPFC for stock conservation, bycatch mitigation, and monitoring, control and surveillance.
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. To learn more, visit https://iss-foundation.org/.