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International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

ICCAT is one of many regional fisheries management organizations where countries and fishing entities come together to discuss and develop international fisheries management measures.


The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas oversees the conservation and management of a variety of Atlantic marine species, including tunas, swordfish, marlin and sharks, and adopts measures to minimize bycatch of turtles and seabirds associated with these fisheries. This responsibility is shared among ICCAT’s 52 members, including the United States.

Annual Meeting Highlights

  • 2023ICCAT Adopts Key Measures to Ensure Science-based Management, Reduce Bycatch, and Set Robust Standards for Electronic Monitoring
  • 2022: U.S. Leadership at ICCAT Contributes to Adoption of Historic Management Procedure for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
  • 2021: Measures to Rebuild Shortfin Mako and Increase U.S. Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quota Adopted at 2021 Meeting of ICCAT
  • 2020: Tackling Tuna Conservation and Management Measures During the Global Pandemic
  • 2019: U.S Achievements at ICCAT Include Measure to Address Overfishing of Marlin
  • 2018: Statement by John Henderschedt, United States Commissioner to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
  • 2017: International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas - 2017 Update
  • 2016: ICCAT 2016 Meeting Takes Steps to Combat IUU Fishing, Sustainably Manage Atlantic Migratory Species
  • 2015: Statement by U.S. Commissioner Russell F. Smith III at the Conclusion of the 2015 Annual ICCAT Meeting
  • 2014: ICCAT 2014 Meeting Highlights
  • 2013: ICCAT 2013 Meeting Highlights
  • 2012: ICCAT 2012 Meeting Highlights

ICCAT Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas was established under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act. The committee comprises individuals representing commercial industries, recreational fishing organizations, environmental groups and academia. Committee members are nominated every 2 years and give advice to U.S. ICCAT commissioners on international issues related to the conservation and management of Atlantic highly migratory species.

The ICCAT advisory committee generally meets twice a year. For more information, contact the committee’s executive secretary:  Bryan Keller—bryan.keller@noaa.gov.




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