SMEA Group Publish on FADs

SMEA alumni Guillermo Gomez, Samantha Farquhar, Henry Bell, Eric Laschever, and Stacy Hall collaborated on a paper exploring “a critical link between canned tuna – which is commonly fished with the aid of hundreds of thousands of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) drifting in the ocean – and the legal and marketing concept of Illegal, Unreported or Unregulated (IUU) fishing”. The article published in Coastal Management documents “how a transparent registration and tracking process can better align market and regulatory forces to reduce unsustainable FAD practices. The analysis has major implications for the future of the global tuna industry that annually delivers over 4.8 million metric tons of raw tropical tunas to supply the 25-billion-dollar canned tuna retail market, and for consumers who rely on canned tuna as a convenient market staple.”

“The global tuna industry, which is critical for delivering affordable protein to consumers, may not be able to survive without FADs, but the current use of these devices is not sustainable and, in many cases, should be considered illegal, unreported, or unregulated,” says Guillermo Gomez, President and founder of Gomez-Hall Associates. “We propose an innovative way for FAD fishing operations and tuna regulators to move toward sustainability, protecting the fishing resource and oceans.”

An abstract of “The IUU Nature of FADs: Implications for Tuna Management and Markets” is available at Coastal Management’s website here. To request a free copy of the full article, contact Gomez-Hall Associates at