Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS)

  The SCRS, on which each member of the Commission may be represented, is responsible for developing and recommending to the Commission all policy and procedures for the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of fishery statistics. It is the SCRS' task to ensure that the Commission has available at all times the most complete and current statistics concerning fishing activities in the Convention area as well as biological information on the stocks that are fished. The SCRS also coordinates various national research activities, develops plans for special international cooperative research programs, carries out stock assessments, and advises the Commission on the need for specific conservation and management measures.
    Chair: Dr. Josu Santiago(European Union)
    View the last SCRS report (English)
    View SCRS chair's presentations to the Commission
 
Sub-Committee on Statistics
    Oversees the process of data aquisition and analysis that is carried out by the Secretariat and the various stock assessment groups.
      Convener: Dr. Gerald Scott (United States of America)
      View the last SC-STATS report (English)
 
Sub-Committee on Ecosystems
    The Sub-Committee deals with a wide range of issues, including an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and of oceanographic factors affecting tuna biology and fisheries
     
      Convener: Dr. Shannon Cass-Calay (United States of America)
      By-catch assessment and mitigation measures Rapporteur: Dr. Shannon Cass-Calay (United States of America) Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Rapporteur: Dr. Alex Hanke (Canada)
      (view SC-ECO report in English)
 
    The following are links to files that the Sub-Committee is considering in its discussions for 2013:
     
 
Species groups
    The species groups review available fishery and research information for the species of interest to the Commission. They carry out stock assessments and present their results and draft recommendations to the SCRS.
Click here for a schedule of assessments.
     
Tropical Tunas Coordinator : Dr. Joao Gil Pereira (European Union)
Bigeye tuna Rapporteur : Dr. David Die (USA) (view report in English)
Yellowfin tuna Rapporteur : Dr. Craig Brown (USA) (view report in English)
Skipjack Rapporteur: Dr. Daniel Gaertner (European Union) (view report in English)
Albacore Coordinator : Dr. Haritz Arrizabalaga (European Union) (view report in English)
Atlantic Albacore Rapporteur: Dr. Haritz Arrizabalaga (European Union)
Mediterranean Albacore Rapporteur: Mr. José Mª Ortiz de Urbina (European Union)
Bluefin tuna Coordinator : Dr. Joseph Powers (United States of America) (view report in English)
East Atlantic Rapporteur: Dr. Sylvain Bonhommeau (European Union)
West Atlantic Rapporteur: Dr. Clay E. Porch (United States of America)
Billfishes Rapporteur : Dr. Freddy Arocha (Venezuela)
(view BUM report in English)
 
(view WHM report in English)
(view SAI report in English)
Swordfish Coordinator : Dr. Miguel Neves dos Santos (European Union)
North Atlantic Swordfish Rapporteur : Dr. Miguel Neves dos Santos (European Union) (view report in English)
South Atlantic Swordfish Rapporteur : Dr. Mikihiko Kai (Japan) (view report in English)
Mediterranean Swordfish Rapporteur : Dr. George Tserpes (European Union)
(view report in English)
Sharks Rapporteur : Dr. Enric Cortés(USA) (view report in English)
Small tunas Rapporteur : Dr. Nouredine Abid (Morocco) (view report in English)
Southern bluefin tuna : CCSBT (http://www.ccsbt.org/)
 
Other Working Groups
   
Stock Assessment Methods Working Group
Implements Quality Management procedures for stock assessment methodologies, leading to the review, testing and documentation of assessment methods used by the SCRS.
Chair : Dr. Michael Schirripa (USA)
View last report (English)
Ad hoc WG on coordination of tagging information
The objective of this group is to channel and make use of the experience of the scientists so that it is available for new tagging activities.
East Atlantic Coordinator : Dr. Enrique Rodriguez-Marin (European Union)
West Atlantic Coordinator : Dr. Eric Prince (United States of America)
View last report (English)
   
   
   
 
Special Research Programs
   
Enhanced Billfish Research Program
A program funded by the Commission to obtain more complete detailed catch and effort statistics for billfishes, to carry out an expanded tagging program, and to carry out studies on age and growth.
General Coordinator : Dr. David Die (United States of America)
East Atlantic Coordinator : Paul Bannerman (Ghana)
West Atlantic Coordinator : Dr. Eric Prince (United States of America)
View last report (English)
Atlantic Wide Research Programme for Bluefin tuna (GBYP)
The program started in 2010 and funded by ICCAT CPCs, has multiple objectives ranging to improve understanding of key biological and ecological processes, basic data collection (including information from farms, observers, and VMS), assessment models and provision of scientific advice on stock status through improved modelling of key biological processes (including growth and stock-recruitment), further developing stock assessment models including mixing between various areas, and developing and use of biologically realistic operating models for more rigorous management option testing.
General Coordinator : Dr. Antonio Di Natale (European Union)
Steering Committee: SCRS Chair, two rapporteurs of the Bluefin Tuna Species Group, an external expert (Dr. T. Polacheck) and the ICCAT Executive Secretary
View last report (English)
Small Tunas Year Program (SMTYP)
The two years program started in 2013 and funded by ICCAT CPCs, has as objective to recover small tunas historical data (statistical and biological data) from the main ICCAT fishing areas.
General Coordinator : Dr. Nouredine Abid (Morocco)
 
View last report (English)
 
   
   
   
 

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