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Atlantic Ocean Regional Fisheries Management Organizations

Atlantic bluefin tuna - one of the most economically valued fish in the world. Photo Credit: Large Pelagics Research Center.

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
ICCAT Exit is an inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas.  The Commission is responsible for providing internationally coordinated research on the condition of these species and developing regulations for their sustainable management.

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Learn about the ICCAT Advisory Committee.

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO)
NASCO Exit is an international organization whose objective is to conserve, restore, enhance, and rationally manage Atlantic salmon through international cooperation, taking into account the best available scientific information.
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Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)
NAFO Exit is an intergovernmental fisheries science and management body responsible for the management of most resources in the region, except sedentary species and species managed by other organizations.  NAFO's overall objective is to contribute through consultation and cooperation to the optimum utilization, rational management, and conservation of the fishery resources of the Convention Area.  

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Atlantic salmon - an anadromous fish species that spends most of its adult life in the ocean.
Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC)
The general objective of the WECAFC Exit is to promote the effective conservation, management, and development of the living marine resources of the area of competence of the Commission, in accordance with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries Exit, and address common problems of fisheries management and development faced by members of the Commission.
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