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Statement About the Annual Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas from Russell F. Smith III, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries

U.S. priorities for fishermen, science and stewardship achieved at international meeting

Swordfish ICCAT adopted conservation and management measures for blue and white marlins, bycatch reporting, and the protection of seabirds.

November 21, 2011

I am pleased to report that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) made significant progress on key U.S. priorities to improve science, management of fish stocks and their ecosystems, monitoring of fishing activities, and compliance with commission decisions at the recently completed annual meeting in Turkey.

U.S. stakeholders, including fishermen, will benefit from the actions that ICCAT has taken:

            In separate letters to the commission chairman before this year’s meeting, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Maria Damanaki, European Union Commissioner for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs, both highlighted the importance of basing management on high quality science.