Starting on 1st January 2015, GRUPO CONSERVAS GARAVILLA does not permit aboard its vessels the practice of deploying FADs that are of Highest Entanglement Risk as defined in the ISSF Guide for Non-entangling FADS.In order to achieve this, construction of new FADs to be deployed by the Company’s vessels adheres to the following:
1. If netting is used, it is only of small mesh (less than [7 cm] stretched mesh).
2. If the raft is covered, it should generally be with shade cloth or canvas. If small mesh netting is used, it must be tightly wrapped around the raft with no loose netting hanging from it.
3. The subsurface (hanging) structure should generally be made with ropes, canvas, nylon sheets or other non-entangling materials. If small mesh netting is used, it must be tightly tied into bundles («sausages»), or in a panel that is weighted so as to keep it taut.
In order to ensure strict quality control for the construction of non-entangling FADs, new FADs are being constructed only at the Company’s onshore facilities in MANTA (ECUADOR), by trained personnel and close inspection from senior management.
GRUPO CONSERVAS GARAVILLA will also strive to remove any entangling FADs it encounters at sea, and bring them to port for disposal.
GRUPO CONSERVAS GARAVILLA will also strive to use as much as possible biodegradable materials in the construction of new FADs.
This policy was adopted on the 1ST of January, 2015 and the reference to the ISSF Guide added in May 2017.