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For several years, SCRS scientists have recognized the need to update the ICCAT Field Manual (the last version was published in 1990). In addition, it has been noted that a revision should be broader in scope than the current version. The Commission has also noted the need for a publication that compiles all of the data submission forms in order to facilitate the reporting requirements of Contracting Parties.

The publication will be of use to a wide audience, maintaining scientists as the primary intended users. Various chapters of a general nature should allow readers to understand how ICCAT works and what is the role of statistics and research within the system. Other chapters would contain technical guidelines for species identification or for sampling, and appendices that specify the formats with which data should be submitted to the Secretariat. The ICCAT Manual is under development. The table below provides links to sections that have already been developed.

ICCAT Manual
Species Directly Covered by the Convention
Bycatch Species of Special Importance
Other Bycatch Species
Summary of Species and Codes
Basic Types of Tuna Fisheries
Summary on Fisheries, Statistical/Sampling Areas and Gear/Country Codes
 Bibliographic citation

ICCAT. 2006-2016. ICCAT Manual. International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna. In: ICCAT Publications [on-line]. Updated 2016. [Cited 01/27/].
ISBN (Electronic Edition): 978-92-990055-0-7


Funding for this Manual has been provided by AZTI Tecnalia, the European Commission, the Japan Data Improvement Project, the Data Fund, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and the regular ICCAT budget.