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In the absence of an overarching international governance system for regulating marine fisheries, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction, there exist a number of treaties, organizations and intergovernmental instruments that serve to manage fisheries.

Pew offers its science-based research and policy expertise in order to aid decision makers and relevant stakeholders in designing and adopting appropriate management mechanisms and policy decisions to ensure the conservation and long-term sustainability of marine resources, and the ocean.

Spotlight on the 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. Learn more.

International Meetings:

In areas beyond national jurisdiction, the conservation and management of marine species are under the purview of a number of multilateral fora and legal instruments. These include the United Nations and its various organizations and processes, regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements, the Convention on Biological Diversity, CITES, and others. Learn more about these meetings below.


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