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Biodegradable FADs in Marine Science Today

FADs are often crafted from durable materials like PVC pipe, nylon nets and synthetic rope. Materials from lost or abandoned FADs eventually disperse, sink or wash ashore. As a result, researchers have documented a steady rise in reef damage, ocean-floor litter, and floating pollutants, all involving long-lived plastic debris.

In response, scientists at ISSF are investigating alternative, low-impact FAD structures.

In a new guest article for Marine Science Today, ISSF researcher and marine scientist Dr. Gala Moreno shares insights gained from a workshop on biodegradable FAD design. Fishing masters from fleets operating in all of the world’s oceans joined our scientists around the table at Spain’s Donostia/San Sebastian Aquarium, exchanging ideas and exploring the possibilities of natural FAD materials.

Read the Marine Science Today article here

Bycatch and Food Security in National Geographic

What happens when we think of “bycatch” – whether it’s undersized or damaged tuna, or other fish species — as a potential solution for food insecurity in developing countries?

ISSF is helping to define “bycatch utilization” and “bycatch marketing” with the needs of both ship and shore in mind – and without detracting from necessary, ongoing bycatch-mitigation efforts.

Monin Justin Amandè, Ph.D., in a National Geographic op-ed called “How Studying a Delicacy Called Faux Poisson Could Net Real Solutions for a Hungry World,” explains how vessels’ bycatch discards make their way to local markets and become “garba,” a popular dish in Côte d’Ivoire.

Click here to read the National Geographic op-ed