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New Website Informs On ‘Out Of Control’ Effects Of 100,000’s Of FADs

On its mission to increase understanding about the eco-system effects of the use of 100,000’s of FADs in tuna fishing, the PEW charitable trusts has  launched on its website fact sheets and an interesting animation video about their wide spread use.

The illustrated fact sheets use a combination of text, graphs and pictures to provide an attractive and informative guide to the by-catch problems that are being caused by the unregulated use of these aggregating devices.
The animated video, available in both English and Spanish allows the viewer to understand how while FADs can be an efficient method for catching large schools of tuna, industrial-scale FAD fisheries can have significant adverse impacts on tunas and other species. The video shows how other species of sea life get caught up in the nets.
According to the PEW FAD fact sheets, at least 50 percent of the world’s canned tuna is caught using FADs, and since a boom in their use in 1980, catch of juvenile bigeye tuna has increased dramatically in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, causing threat to the future of its stocks.
Describing the situation as ‘out of control,’ PEW explains that a colossal 100,000 new FADs are estimated to be thrown into the world’s tropical oceans every year, with no regulations limiting their use and no rules governing how or when to remove them from the oceans.
PEW urges consumers to choose canned tuna that is labeled FAD-free or pole-and-line caught until tuna fisheries meet its advised requirements for regulating the growth of this problematic method of tuna fishing. 
The organization says it works to improve international management of tuna species through its Global Tuna Conservation campaign by promoting science-based catch limits that do not allow overfishing; minimizing impacts of destructive fishing gears; eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and increasing the transparency and accountability of tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs).