Floating traps help small fishers catch large fish. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R4777: Analysis of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) and R8249: Livelihood assets required for an East Africa Fish Aggregation Devices (FAD) Programme.

High-value ocean fish such as tuna have previously been difficult or impossible for Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean islanders and coastal fishermen to catch. But the near-shore reef fisheries on which these fishers depend are overexploited. Now, floating traps help them catch deep-sea fish and tap into under- or less-exploited resources. The traps withstand strong ocean currents and are widely used in the South Pacific, East Africa, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius and Reunion. Governments in several South Pacific states and Zanzibar, and development agencies in Tanzania now include these traps in their development plans. Sport fishing and organic trade organisations have also shown interest, and the use of traps is expected to spread, potentially benefiting many more fishers and coastal communities.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.


FMSP11, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 79.

Published 1 January 2007