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Commission Structure


Composed of Contracting Party Delegations, the Commission carries out the objectives set forth in the 1966 International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas

Chair: Ernesto Penas Lado (EU)
1st Vice-Chair: Z. Driouich (Morocco)
2nd Vice-Chair: Ramón Chang (Curaçao)

Standing Committee on Finance and Administration (STACFAD)
Advises the Commission on matters relating to the Executive Secretary and his staff, on the budget of the Commission, on the time and place of meetings of the Commission, on publications of the Commission and on such other matters as may be referred to it by the Commission

Chair: Deidre Warner-Kramer (USA)

Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS)
Develop and recommend to the Commission such policies and procedures in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of fishery statistics as may be necessary to ensure that the Commission has available at all times complete, current and equivalent statistics on fishery activities in the Convention area. For more information see SCRS.

Chair: Dr. Craig Brown (USA)

Responsible for keeping under review the species, group of species, or geographic area under its purview, and for collecting scientific and other information relating thereto. Based on investigations from the SCRS, Panels may propose to the Commission recommendations for joint action by the Contracting Parties

Panel 1: Tropical tunas (yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack)
Chair: Ghana (Emmanuel Kwame Dovlo)

Panel 2: Northern temperate tunas (albacore and Atlantic bluefin)
Chair: Japan (Shingo Ota)

Panel 3: Southern temperate tunas (albacore and southern bluefin)
Chair: South Africa (Qayiso Kenneth Mketsu)

Panel 4: Other species (swordfish, billfishes, small tunas)
Chair: Algeria (Amar Ouchelli)


Conservation and Management Measures Compliance Committee
Reviews all aspects of compliance with ICCAT conservation and management measures in the ICCAT Convention Area, with particular reference to compliance with such measures by ICCAT Contracting Parties.

Chair: D. Campbell (United States)

Permanent Working Group for the Improvement of ICCAT Statistics and Conservation Measures (PWG)
Reviews trade and other relevant fishery information regarding species under the purview of ICCAT in order to identify deficiencies in ICCAT statistics. Develops or modifies, where needed, technical measures to ensure effective implementation of ICCAT’s conservation and management measures, including measures for the collection and reporting of statistical data, and proper application of the provisions of the Convention. Oversees the development of ICCAT’s list of vessels presumed to be engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities and makes Recommendations to the Commission on these matters.

Chair: N. Ansell (EU)

Standing Working Group on Dialogue between Fisheries Scientists and Managers (SWGSM)

Co-chairs: Ernesto Penas Lado (EU) and Craig Brown (USA)

Other groups
The Commission may convene other Working Groups as required:

Ad Hoc Working Group on FADs
Co-chairs: Paul Bannerman (Ghana, PA1 Chair) and Craig Brown (USA, SCRS Chair)

eBCD Technical Working Group
Chair: Neil Ansell (EU)

Port Inspection Expert Group for Capacity Building and Assistance
Chair: Alexandre Kempff (EU)

Ad Hoc Working Group on Mediterranean Albacore Working Group
Chair: Shingo Ota (Japan)

Working Group on Electronic Monitoring Systems (EMS)
Chair: Neil Ansell (EU)

Ad Hoc Working Group on Labour Standards (LSWG)
Chair: Alexa Cole (United States)

Ad Hoc Working Group on Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS)
Chair: Neil Ansell

Performs multiple administration and coordination functions for the Commission.

Executive Secretary: Mr. Camille Jean Pierre Manel