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ICCAT: Overview

Oceana/Carlos SuarezThe International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is an international body responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and related species, as well as species caught incidentally as bycatch in these fisheries, including sharks.        

Because these fish are highly migratory and overfishing in one location could have detrimental effects on stocks shared between numerous countries, ICCAT regulates fishing among the countries that participate in fishing for these highly migratory species.  However, ICCAT has come under significant scrutiny in recent years because the Commission has ignored scientific advice, failing to properly manage the species it purports to.

Oceana is attending ICCAT’s 22nd Regular Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, from November 11-19, 2011 to establish new management measures to save these species from extinction.