3.7 Transactions with Vessels or Companies with Vessel-Based FAD Management Policies ISSF is committed to supporting better FAD management, globally, and recognizes that it is an important component to meet the MSC Standard without conditions.
Gear Type: Purse Seine and Supply Vessels Adopted: October 23, 2019

Amended: July 27, 2021

Effective: June 30, 2021, for large-scale purse seine and supply vessels and December 31, 2021, for small-scale purse seine vessels

Resource: Electronic Monitoring Vendors and Data Submission Information (PDF)

To further support the implementation of existing RFMO conservation measures and recommendations for FAD data collection and reporting and the use of non-entangling FAD designs that do not use any netting in any components, including both the raft and the tail, and the use of biodegradable FAD designs that are also fully non-entangling, and to promote the development and implementation of FAD recovery policies, strategies to mitigate shark bycatch in purse seine tuna fisheries and the voluntary provision of FAD buoy data to strengthen FAD management:
  1. Processors, traders, importers, transporters, marketers and others involved in the seafood industry shall conduct transactions only with those purse seine vessels whose owners develop and make public FAD Management Policies that include the activities purse seine and supply vessels are undertaking (if any) on the following elements:
    (a) Comply with flag state and RFMO reporting requirements for fisheries statistics by set type;
    (b) Voluntarily report additional FAD buoy data for use by RFMO science bodies;
    (c) Support science-based limits on the overall number of FADs used per vessel and/or FAD sets made;
    (d) Use only non-entangling FADs to reduce ghost fishing;
    (e) Mitigate other environmental impacts due to FAD loss including through the use of biodegradable FADs and FAD recovery policies;
    (f) For silky sharks (the main bycatch issue in FAD sets) implement further mitigation efforts.
  2. In developing a FAD Management Policy, purse seine vessels and purse seine vessel owning companies should refer to ISSF Technical Paper 2019-11 (or any subsequent revision) in designing the activities for each element.
  3. With respect to the element on mitigating other environmental impacts due to FAD loss (item e above), by 1 January 2023, public FAD Management Policies developed under this measure shall include a statement that purse seine vessels and supply vessels covered by the policy are participating in trial(s) of biodegradable FAD designs and/or FAD recovery programs that include the participation of the relevant RFMO science bodies and/or coastal States, national scientists, and/or ISSF scientists to monitor experimental design.
  4. With respect to the element on the use of only non-entangling FADs (item d above), by 1 January 2024, public FAD management policies developed under this measure shall include a statement that purse seine vessels and supply vessels covered by the policy will from this date only use and deploy fully non-entangling FADs, without any netting in any components, including both the raft and the tail.
  5. For the purposes of this measure a policy is “public” if it is published on the owner or company’s website or is otherwise available to the general public.
  6. For purposes of this measure, a large-scale purse seine vessel is defined as those with at least 335 m3 of fish hold volume.
  7. ISSF CM 3.5 is repealed and replaced by this measure as of 1 January 2024.

Download the Electronic Monitoring Vendors and Data Submission Information (PDF) for (1) an EM vendors list; and (2) contact information for submitting (a) FAD tracking and echosounder biomass data; (b) bycatch data; and (c) data submission guidelines.