FAO Survey on Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is conducting a survey to obtain comments to improve a section of FAO’s Draft Guidelines on the Marking of Fishing Gear on marking artificial drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (dFADs) used by purse seine tuna fisheries, to identify ownership and track position. The survey also collects views on measures adopted by the tuna RFMOs on FAD marking and tracking. The survey results will be published as an FAO Fisheries Circular, which will be presented to the participants of the FAO Gear Marking Technical Consultation in February, 2018 in order to improve the guidelines on marking and tracking FADs. World Animal Protection, represented by Joanna Toole, participated in the April, 2016 FAO Expert Consultation on the Marking of Fishing Gear.

WCPFC, IATTC and IOTC secretariats have distributed circulars to their commissioners requesting their support (e.g. https://www.wcpfc.int/node/28750). More information on the project, including the survey form (available in English, Spanish, French, and traditional and simplified Chinese), is available online at http://tinyurl.com/FAD-mark.)

If you, or anyone you know, are able to assist the FAO with this extremely important work, please head to the FAO FAD marking site here: (https://sites.google.com/site/faopurseseinefadmarking/) and download the survey.

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