The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) was established in 1969 and is responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. ICCAT governs all commercial fisheries for 50 member nations that have commercial fleets fishing in the Atlantic. ICCAT is very transparent and provides online access to all documents, publications, meeting minutes, databases and records. They manage hundreds of marine species and the sheer volume of material can lead to "information overload." Yet, in the thousands of pages of information that ICCAT publishes annually, the entire management policy, ICCAT Resolutions and Recommendations for Atlantic billfish since 1995 take less than 30 pages.



The Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) is responsible for developing and recommending to the Commission all policy and procedures for the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of fishery statistics. SCRS has added the caveat of "significant uncertainties" with each new white and blue marlin stock assessment since 2002 and needs to include new sampling methods to reduce uncertainties.