ATUNSA, following best practices for FAD management identified in ISSF Technical Report 2019-11, "Recommended Best Practices for FAD management in Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries" as well as the ISSF Conservation Measure 3.7, requires onboard its vessels the following commitments:


1.    Comply with flag state and RFMO reporting requirements for fisheries statistics by set type.

2.    Voluntarily report additional FAD buoy data for use by RFMO science bodies.

Participate also in projects jointly with AZTI-Tecnalia and the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO), for the impovement of the management and knowledge of the FADs impact.

3.    Support science-based limits stablished by RFMO on the overall number of FADs used per vessel and/or FAD sets made.

4.    Use only non-entangling FADs to reduce ghost Fishing.

5.    Mitigate other environmental impacts due to FAD loss, including through the use of biodegradable FADs and FAD recovery policies.

In this sense, cooperate in the development and application of those mechanisms and tools that helps to prevent the drift of FADs towards vulnerable habitats or high-risk deployment areas.

6.    For silky sharks “Carcharhinus falciformis” (the main bycatch issue in FAD sets), implement further mitigation efforts.


Moreover, apply the best practices established by ISSF for safe handling and release of sharks, turtles and rays brought onboard, and provide training to the crew on this matter.