ISSF workshop on different approaches to limit the number of FADs in the oceans
At its October 2022 meeting, the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee recommended that ISSF convene a workshop with a small group of experts to consider different principles of economic theory which could be used to make Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) limits more effective. The rationale for such a workshop was that the use of FADs, both drifting (dFAD) and anchored (aFAD), has a number of known impacts on target tuna stocks, non-target species and the broader ecosystem. Limiting the number of FADs in each Ocean region, together with other measures such as biodegradable FADs, can be a tool to address several, if not most, of these impacts. Recommendations are given on actions that can be taken to incentivize fewer FAD deployments and higher rates of FAD recovery.
Also presented as WCPFC-SC19-2023/EB-IP-07