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FAD Campagin Sicily 2014

Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) are used to attract fish seeking a spot to hide within the big blue, by creating a shadow on the surface which attracts fish. FADs heavily impact on juvenile fish of various species, prohibiting them from enjoying at least one reproduction cycle before being caught. Furthermore, FADs cause high levels of bycatch and the plastics used in the process often end up floating ocean waste.

In 2014 The Black Fish visited the island of Sicily in the Mediterranean to investigate the illegal use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs). Within three days of patrolling the sea we found and collected 80 illegal FADs. The FADs did not comply with the local laws, because none of them were made of biodegradable materials or were marked with the license number of the fishing boat.

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