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ICCAT strives to obtain complete and accurate statistics from all countries, entities and fishing entities operating tuna, tuna-like and shark fisheries in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. All countries/entities or fishing entities which operate tuna and/or shark fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas are requestedto submit their tuna/shark fisheries data. The following information is required.

Data Requests

The following Circulars provide information about the formats to use and the deadlines for submitting data to ICCAT.

Requirements Deadline Forms
Request for statistics (task I & task II) on atlantic tunas and sharks in the ICCAT convention area 31 July* Statistics
Tagging

Information required for SCRS

General
* Information required Reference   Deadline Form Information required from Email address
GEN S1 Annual Reports (Scientific) Convention; Res. 01-16 and Ref. 12-13   One week before first day of SCRS meeting See Ref. 12-13 All CPCs. A report should be submitted even if your CPC is not actively involved in any ICCAT fisheries info@iccat.int; STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S2 Fleet Characteristics Art-IX in ICCAT Convention and Rec. 05-09 and Res. 66-01   31 July except where otherwise specified in the Request for Statistics ST01-T1FC All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S3 Estimation of nominal catch Task I Art-IX in ICCAT Convention and Rec. 05-09 and Res. 66-01   31 July except where otherwise specified in the Request for Statistics ST02-T1NC All CPCs. If no catches of any tuna or tuna like species have been made, this should  be reported STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S4 Catch & Effort (Task II) Art-IX in ICCAT Convention and Rec. 05-09 and Res. 66-01   31 July except where otherwise specified in the Request for Statistics ST03-T2CE All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S5 Size samples (Task II) Art-IX in ICCAT Convention and Rec. 05-09 and Res. 66-01   31 July except where otherwise specified in the Request for Statistics ST04-T2SZ All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S6 Catch estimated by size Art-IX in ICCAT Convention and Rec. 05-09 and Res. 66-01   31 July except where otherwise specified in the Request for Statistics ST05-T2CS All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S7 Tagging declarations (conventional and electronic) Art-IX in ICCAT Convention and Rec. 05-09 and Res. 66-01   31 July except where otherwise specified in the Request for Statistics TG01-CnvTSurv
TG02-CnvTReRc
TG03-EleTReRc
All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S10 Information collected under domestic observer programs Rec. 16-14 Para 10 f) 31 July ST09-Natobprg and ST11_ObPrgsInf All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S11 Information on implementation of                  Rec. 16-14 Rec. 16-14 Para 10 d) One week before first day of SCRS meeting See Ref. 12-13 CPCs with small scale vessels which cannot carry an observer STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S12 Information and data on pelagic Sargassum Res. 05-11 Para 1 31 July No specific format CPCs with available information  STATS_info@iccat.int
GEN S13 Specific information for the fishing vessels that were authorized to carry out pelagic longline fisheries and harpoons in the Mediterranean during the preceding year Rec. 16-05 Para 43 31 July ST01-T1FC CPCs which operated pelagic LL  and harpoon fisheries in the Med in the previous year STATS_info@iccat.int

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BFT S15 Size sampling from farms Rec. 06-07 Para 1c) 31 July ST06-T2FM CPCs involved in bluefin tuna farming STATS_info@iccat.int
BFT S17 The results of programme using stereoscopical cameras systems or alternative techniques that provide the equivalent precision at time of caging  (covering 100% of all cagings) Rec.  14-04 Para 83 At least one week before SCRS meeting or BFT species group meeting Use ST06 for size data. Methodology and other information may be presented as SCRS paper CPCs involved in bluefin tuna farming STATS_info@iccat.int
BFT S18 Information on and data  collected under the national BFT observer programmes Rec.  14-04 Para 88 31 July ST01 to ST06 CPCs involved in bluefin tuna farming STATS_info@iccat.int
ROP_info@iccat.int
BFT S21 Details of cooperative research programs on W-BFT to be undertaken Rec. 14-05 Para 6g) Before commencement of such programmes and report to the SCRS before the start of the BFT Species Group SCRS document / text document CPCs involved in cooperative research STATS_info@iccat.int
BFT S22 Updates to abundance indices and other fishery indicators Rec. 14-05 Para 17 In advance of SCRS annual species group meetings SCRS document  CPCs with catches/discards of W-BFT STATS_info@iccat.int
BFT S23  Information resulting from GBYP related research including new information resulting from enhanced biological sampling activities Rec. 14-05 Para 20 In advance of BFT stock assessement SCRS document CPCs that harvest western Atlantic bluefin STATS_info@iccat.int

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TRO S24 Information from logbooks on BET/YFT/SKJ vessels Rec. 16-01 Para 21 31 July Catch and statistical data to be included in Task I and II submissions in finest resolution possible (1º x1º). Format for FAD information from logbooks to be finalised at Tropical Tunas Species Group meeting. All CPCs fishing for BET/YFT/SKJ with vessels over 20m LOA or greater STATS_info@iccat.int
TRO S25 Management Plans for the use of fish aggregating devices  (including steps to minimise impact) Rec.15-01/16-01 Para 18 and Para 24 31 January Annex 6 of Rec. 16-01 . See also Annex 7 CPCs operating FAD fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea info@iccat.int
TRO S44 the number of FADs actually deployed on a monthly basis per 1°x1° statistical rectangles, by FAD type etc Rec.16-01 23 31 July ST08-FadsDep CPCs operating FAD fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea STATS_info@iccat.int
TRO S45 For each support vessel, the number of days spent at sea, per 1° grid area, month and flag State and associated to PS/BB Rec. 16-01 23 31 July ST07-TropSupVes CPCs operating FAD fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea STATS_info@iccat.int
TRO S46 Information collected by observers, including coverage levels Rec.  16-01 Para 37 and Annex 5 31 July ST01-T1FC,
ST02-T1NC,
ST03-T2CE,
ST11_ObPrgsInf
and any additional necessary documents
CPCs fishing in time/area closed to FADs. Observer coverage levels are of particular interest STATS_info@iccat.int
TRO S47 Data and information collected from port sampling programme Rec. 16-01 43 31 July ST10-PortSamp CPCs in whose port landing or transhipment of BET/YFT/SKJ takes place STATS_info@iccat.int
TRO S48 Historical data mining on the use and number of FADs deployed Rec. 15-01/16-01 Para 45/47 31 January No specific format   STATS_info@iccat.int
TRO S49 Scientific data collected in the EEZ of another CPC Rec 16-01 Para 39b 31 July ST09-Natobprg CPC that does not accept national observer to collect data in the EEZ of another CPC STATS_info@iccat.int

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BIL S27 Results of scientific programmes for billfish Rec. 06-09 Para 18 One week before SCRS meeting Include in part 1 of Annual Report or SCRS document CPCs taking any species of billfish STATS_info@iccat.int
BIL S28 Report on methods for estimating live and dead discards of blue marlin and white marlin/spearfish Rec. 12-04 Para 8 31 July No specific format, may be submitted as scientific document to SCRS Any CPCs which have discarded marlin/spearfish STATS_info@iccat.int

* Information required Reference   Deadline Form Information required from Email address
SHK S32 Plan for improving data collection for sharks on a species specific level  Rec. 11-08 Para 4 31 July No specific format CPCs that have not reported species-specific shark data info@iccat.int
SHK S50 Results of research on shortfin mako Rec. 14-06 Para 3 Prior to WG /Species Group meeting SCRS paper CPCs carrying out research on shortfin mako info@iccat.int
SHK S51 Information on blue shark Rec. 16-12 Para 7 31 July SCRS paper CPCs undertaking scientific research on blue sharks info@iccat.int

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BYC S37 Provision of existing identification guides for sharks, seabirds and turtles and marine mammals caught in the Convention area Rec. 11-10 Para 3 Whenever available No specific format CPCs that have developed identification guides for ICCAT species info@iccat.int
BYC S38 Information on interactions of its fleet with sea turtles in ICCAT fisheries by gear type Rec. 10-09 Para 1 31 July ST09-Natobprg CPCs whose fisheries interact with sea-turtles STATS_info@iccat.int
BYC S39 CPCs shall record data on seabird incidental catch by species through scientific observers in accordance with the Recommendation 10-10 and report these data annually Rec. 11-09 Para 1 31 July ST09-Natobprg All CPCs with seabird by-catch in their longline fisheries STATS_info@iccat.int
BYC S41 Notification of measures taken on the collection of bycatch and discard data in artisanal fisheries through alternative means Rec. 11-10 Para 1c) One week before SCRS meeting Ref. 12-13. Include in part 1 of Annual Report CPCs operating artisanal fisheries info@iccat.int
BYC S42 CPCs shall report on steps taken to mitigate bycatch and reduce discards, and on any relevant research Rec. 11-10 Para 1e) One week before SCRS meeting Ref. 12-13. Include in part 1 of Annual Report CPCs operating any fishery for  species under the purview of ICCAT info@iccat.int

Notes: The deadlines differ for species for which a stock assessment or data preparatory meeting is being conducted
Fishery Statistics
  • Task I catch statistics - Nominal annual catch of tuna, tuna-like species and sharks, by region, gear, flag and species, and where possible, by EEZ and High Seas. Catches should be reported in kilograms, round (live) weight.
  • Task I fleet characteristics - Number of fishing vessels by size classes, gear and flag.
  • Task II catch and effort statistics - Catch and effort statistics by area, gear, flag, species and by month.
  • Task II size data - Actual size frequencies of fish sampled by area, gear, flag, species and by month and by sex if possible.
  • Catch-at-size data - Catch-at-size data for bluefin, albacore, yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack tunas and swordfish, by gear, sampling area and by month or quarters, and by sex and by 5x5 degree squares if possible. The ICCAT form 3-6 to show sampling coverage and data substitutions is also required.
  • Conventional tagging. The Secretariat maintains a database on conventional tags applied to Atlantic tunas, billfishes and sharks.
  • Archival (electronic) tagging. The Secretariat maintains an inventory of archival tags that have been deployed by various institutions.
Other Data
  • Observer data. A number of nations have observer programs in place and that the information collected from such programs has been or could be provided to ICCAT. The SCRS has recommended that Contracting Parties, and Cooperating non-Contracting Parties, Entities or Fishing Entities that can do so, should provide their observer data to the Secretariat. Be sure to including information on the contents, type of data being submitted, the species or fisheries covered, the data format, etc. Also, please indicate if the data are of a confidential nature.
  • Seabird information. The Commission encourages the collection and reporting of all available information on interactions with seabirds, including incidental catches in all fisheries under the purview of ICCAT.
  • Turtle information. The Commission encourages the collection and reporting of all available information on interactions with sea turtles in ICCAT fisheries, including incidental catches and other impacts on sea turtles in the Convention area, such as the deterioration of nesting sites and swallowing of marine debris.
  • Data on farmed bluefin tuna. The ICCAT Recommendation on bluefin tuna farming contains several requirements for sampling and reporting of data on details (e.g. size composition) of bluefin tuna catches that go to farming operations.