Greenpeace has long been concerned about the bycatch caused by the use of Fish Aggregating Devices, or FADs, with purse seine nets. This fishing method is a deadly combination of a floating object, left adrift for weeks or months, and a huge encircling net that takes everything in the vicinity. It’s a devastating fishing method, but it’s being used to catch tuna for companies like Sealord (you might have seen our parody of their new TV advert).
FADs are deployed in huge numbers across our oceans, and float about in their passive-aggressive way. They lure in not just tuna but sharks, dolphin fish, billfish, rainbow runners, triggerfish, baby tuna, turtles – and many more of Nemo’s buddies. Then comes the ‘encircling net’ part… and let’s just say it doesn’t end well for most of these unde... Read more >