our five-year plan:

Advancing Sustainable Tuna Fisheries

PREVIEWING THE  ISSF 2018–2022 STRATEGIC PLAN

FADs & FAD Management

Since ISSF's founding, fish aggregating devices (FADs) have been a major research topic. FAD fishing catches about 40% of tuna worldwide, and certain FAD structures can trap sharks and other marine animals, impacting bycatch rates in tuna fisheries, and pollute the ocean when they are lost or discarded. To help make FAD fishing more sustainable, ISSF examines and addresses the issue from scientific, RFMO policymaking, and industry perspectives.

ISSF provides
non-entangling FAD guidesfor fishers in 7 languages.
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Our Model
  • DATA & SCIENCE
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    70+ ISSF PUBLICATIONS and 8 RFMO meeting side events on FAD research

  • KNOWLEDGE SHARING
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    Biodegradable FAD (bFAD)DESIGN WORKSHOP for fishers and marine scientists, and related at-sea projects ongoing in 3 oceans

  • ADVOCACY
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    Multi-stakeholder advocacy from broad coalition of NGOs, retailers, vessels, and processing companies, including nearly 1,000 LETTERS to RFMO delegates from ISSF participating companies

  • OUTCOMES
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    All RFMOs require NON-ENTANGLING FADS and encourage use of biodegradable FAD materials

 3There are three ISSF Conservation Measures regarding FADs, including requirements for non-entangling FADs and skippers workshop participation.

2018–2022

Strategic Goals

Embracing a Better FAD

As sustainable fishing approaches, like using non-entangling FADs, become more familiar, fishers in ISSF skippers workshops express a growing acceptance of them over time.

Acceptance Level of
Non-Entangling FADs Over Time (previous 1 year period)

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