FADs - are they all bad?

Adams T (2012) FADs - are they all bad? SPC Fisheries Newsletter 137:

An article published in the American Samoan press in 2011 calls fish aggregation devices “Beehives of the Ocean”.1 It firmly makes a case for having as many fish aggregation devices (FADs) in your waters as possible (at least 200 for each large vessel) and wishes to provide balanced information in the face of the “internal and external forces that wish to ban the use of FADs”. On the other side is a groundswell of popular opinion that “FADs are bad” because fishing around them leads to more unwanted fish (bycatch) and smaller tuna being caught (FADs are a haven for the young and the despised of the fishy world), therefore FADs should be banned.