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Use of non-entangling FADs

Grupo Calvo. Use of non-entangling FADs

100% of the FADs used by the Grupo Calvo fleet are the non-entangling type.

A variety of methods are employed in purse seine fishing to detect the location of a school of tuna: visual signals on the ocean’s surface, technology (sonar and radar) or Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). The latter are floating devices that can be located via satellite and which are tossed into the sea to capitalise on the tendency of tuna to gather beneath any object that is floating freely in the sea and thereby augment fishing effectiveness and reduce a vessel’s fuel consumption.

Non-entangling Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) minimise the impact on non-target species such as tortoises and sharks, preventing them from becoming trapped in the object by substituting traditional materials (nets and rods) for others devised to avoid entanglement.

To learn more about the code of good practices that establishes the requirements to be met by FADs: