Moored FAD fisheries began to develop in the Caribbean Islands at the end of the eighties. This activity is still developing in several states. Moored FADs allow small-scale artisanal vessels easier access to off-shore pelagic resources by aggregating them at fixed locations. Their use leads to different fishing practices and consequently, may impact different resources, depending on the local circumstances. The communities involved in this type of fishery, consist to a great extent of fisherfolk with low incomes and limited other livelihood options, and the fishery contributes significantly to local food and nutrition security.
The working group on sustainable development of anchored FAD fishing adopted a multidisciplinary approach to achieve its goals. The different components of anchored FAD fishing and their relations addressed by the workgroup are illustrated below.
CARAFAD (CARibbean Anchored FAD) website was developed at the request of WECAFC states in order to facilitate exchanges between scientists, fishing managers and professional fisherfolk. It lists and makes information regarding that emerging fishery available to everyone.
It is up to all those working on FADs and sustainable development of that fishery to enhance the website by bringing new information or documents whose form can ease communication, particularly between traditional fishefolk.