Program(s) in charge: Ecosystem & Bycatch Program
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- Construction of non-entangling FADs from biodegradable materials, not only to decrease mortality of non-target species by net-webbing entanglement, but also minimize contributions to ocean debris and pollution by commercial tuna fishing.
- Non-target species are also found in association with FADs, and in some instances, may become entangled in the FADs and perish.
- Some FAD components that are lost at sea or not retrieved, particularly those including plastics or other materials that are not readily degradable may last many years in the environment as pollutants, and threatening vulnerable ecosystems.
- There is an increasing interest in identifying non-entangling and biodegradable components that could be used in FAD construction, while still providing similar function in terms of tuna aggregation.
- Relevance for management
- Ecological impacts on vulnerable ecosystems may be considered an important factor for FAD fishery management purposes.
- Results may be used by the Commission members in the development of best fishing practices and management measures
- 29 months
- Workplan and status
- August 2015 – April 2017: Purchase of FAD and mooring materials. FAD deployment at test site. FAD monitoring.
- April – December 2017: Ongoing research on alternative non-entangling and biodegradable materials to extend the durability of the FADs.
- January 2018: Project report
- May 2016. Ad hoc working group on FADs. La Jolla, USA.
- May 2017. 68th Tuna Conference. Lake Arrowhead, USA.
- October 2017. ECOFAD meeting. Manta, Ecuador.
- March 2018. Project final report (Phase 1)