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.