This year, the Ghanaian purse seine and pole and line fleets will deploy 600 biodegradable Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). This development follows a workshop carried out by ISSF, supported by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project that is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). During the workshop, biodegradable FADs were designed with help from fishers from the Ghanaian tuna fleet, which operates in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.
An exchange of Experiences on Electronic Monitoring Systems
Members from the Ghanaian Government met with representatives from the Government of Fiji and the Fiji Fishing Industry Association (FFIA) in Accra, Ghana to exchange experiences from having conducted trials on the use of Electronic Monitoring Systems (EMS) as a tool for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) onboard vessels in their respective fleets.
Both pilot projects were initiated in 2015, when the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) arranged for EMS equipment to be installed aboard Ghanaian purse seine vessels and Fijian long line vessels, with the aim to test how EMS data can be used in national fishery data collection processes and to verify and enhance compliance with fisheries regulations. The Government of Fiji, with support from FAO and the FFIA, has led the activities in Fiji, while the activities in Ghana have been led by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) with support from ISSF and FAO, together with the Government of Ghana and the Ghanaian tuna industry.
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 https://iss-foundation.org/, and follow ISSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.