There are tens of thousands of fish aggregating devices floating on the ocean’s surface in the Western and Central Pacific.
Fishermen observed that free-floating natural objects attracted schools of tuna, and they rapidly adopted the practice of using man-made fish aggregating devices. In fact, almost all purse seine sets are now made on FADs. They are small rafts, often made of plastic or bamboo with net or rope hanging from them that drift with the currents.
On April 29, the Pew Charitable Trusts announced a new project, funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, designed to help local fishery managers track and regulate these objects — and the fishing that results from their use — by way of satellite technology already employed on fishing vessels.
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