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APR certified vessels comply with different requirements about good practices such as the existence of a control system, the use of non-entangling FADs, the provision of release practices of associated species, etc.

APR certified vessels meet the following good practice requirements:
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Control system

On board and on land

On board

Through observants (human or electronic) that verify the compliance of good practice requirements.

On land

Observant coverage must be of a 100% in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

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Non-entangling FADs

Reduction of unwanted catches

The new FADs that are put into service are designed and built with materials that prevent or reduce the gillnetting of associated species.

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On board and on land

Release practices must maximize the survival of aquatic animals caught incidentally or through FADs, while ensuring the safety of the crew.

The release practices of associated species are applicable, at least, to sharks, whale or pinto sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and skates. These practices depend on the species and the following can be mentioned: hand net; bed, sailcloth, sarria or net; specific equipment (Hopper or tray with ramp, hatches on deck or others); sinking the line of corks; manually.

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Registration of information

FADs and Release practices


Name of the vessel; name of the observer aboard; tide start date; tide code; operations with the FADs; date and time; position in degrees and minutes; grid features; rabo features; other elements (plastic bottles, corks, sacks, palm trees, rods, coloured ribbons).

Release practices

Cast; date; tide; estrobado start time; detection and release time; characteristics of the individuals (species, size and sex); manner of release; state of the animal at the moment of release (eyes, head, fins, skin, gills or shell). In the event that the release of an animal is non-compliant, the reason for the disapproval must be registered (lack of material, unavoidable residual mortality, unfulfilment).

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Awareness about the impact

The skipper and captain of APR certified vessels are conscious about the potential impacts that the fishing activity can have on the marine ecosystem, and they receive regular training. This training deals with the state of fishing resources and with the best fishing practices. The observers are accredited by an independent scientific Organization, a public Entity of the flag state or a Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO).




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