Date: September 24, 2019

Featured Content

New Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs Guide for Fishers, RFMOs, Governments, Vessel Owners

ISSF has published 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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Featured Blog

Promoting Fishing Gear that Can Better Protect the World’s Largest Tuna Fishing Region

ISSF’s new Guide to Non-entangling and Biodegradable FADs equips the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) with scientific research to back stronger sustainability measures for FAD fishers in its region.

ISSF RFMO policy experts Holly Koehler and Claire van der Geest pen a new blog on the occasion of the WCPFC Technical and Compliance Committee this week.

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Featured Video
ISSF and the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project co-sponsored the Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries workshop, held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Headquarters in March 2019. The workshop reviewed the progress cross-sector research and advocacy efforts have made in reducing bycatch and other environmental impacts and identified main focus areas for future activities. 

Watch a video overview of the workshop


ISSF in the News

Transshipment in western and central Pacific most likely underreported 

Seafood Source


Tuna Facts

60-80 meters

Globally, FAD structures have evolved towards more sophisticated and deeper structures 60-80 meters deep.


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. In 2019, ISSF celebrated a “Decade of Discovery” as the organization completed its tenth year of scientific research, advocacy and industry engagement. To learn more, visit, and follow ISSF on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.