The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is an intergovernmental fisheries organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas.
About 30 species are the direct responsibility of ICCAT: Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus thynnus) , skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) , yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) , albacore (Thunnus alalunga) and bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) ; swordfish (Xiphias gladius) ; Istiofóridos such as the white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) , blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) , sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) and spikelet (Tetrapturus pfluegeri) ; Caritas such as the Atlantic face (Scomberomorus maculatus) and carita pike (Scomberomorus cavalla).
The Convention establishes that ICCAT is the only fishing organization that can undertake the work required for the study and management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Atlantic. These studies include research on biometrics, ecology and oceanography, focusing mainly on the effects of fishing on the abundance of stocks. The work of the Commission requires the collection and analysis of statistical information related to current conditions and trends of fishery resources in the Convention area