Ecuador’s Tunacons launches biodegradable FAD contest
Ecuadorean tuna sustainability group Tunacons has launched a contest aimed at encouraging fishing boat crews to develop biodegradable fish aggregating devices (FAD) to cut down on waste.
Contestants’ prototypes, the group said, should last six months to a year and readily break down if they wash ashore. The contest was inspired by a push by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission to switch to non-entangling FADs in the entire Eastern Pacific Ocean tuna fleet as of January 2019.
The winner of the contest, which is ongoing, will receive a prize of over $10,000, the group said.