International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas.

ICCAT is also responsible for other fish species caught in tuna fisheries in its convention area, principally sharks.

The 48 contracting parties (governments) to ICCAT will gather in Agadir, Morocco from 12-19 November, 2012 for the commission’s 18th Special Meeting.

ICCAT has begun to take steps in recent years towards more sustainable management of tunas and sharks, as well as improving compliance with existing management measures.

However, much more work is still needed as these actions are yet not sufficient to restore and guarantee healthy tuna and shark populations across the Atlantic Ocean.

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