ICCAT - International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas








Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM)
Avenida Brasília
1449-030 Lisboa/Portugal
Telefone:213035700 Fax: 213035702

Mailing address:

ICCAT Secretariat
Corazón de María, 8. 28002 Madrid, SPAIN
Phone: +34 914 165 600
Fax No.: +34 914 152 612
email: info@iccat.int

site: http://www.iccat.int


Image Areas and subareas




It is responsible for the management and conservation of tuna in the regulatory area (outside the EEZ). It decides, on an annual basis, on the conservation and management measures and on TACs and quotas, by species, to be adopted on the Convention area.

The Standing Committee on Administration and Finance shall advise the Commission on budgetary matters, meetings, publications and other issues requested by the Commission.

The Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS): advises the Commission on policies and procedures that may be necessary for the collection, analysis and dissemination of fisheries statistics and provide the Commission with up-to-date data on fishing activities in the area of Convention.

The Subcommittees are responsible for the assessment of species, groups of species or geographical area within their competence, as well as for the collection of scientific data and other important information.

Based on the SCRS investigation, the Panels may propose recommendations to the Commission for joint action by the Contracting Parties:

Panel 1: Tropical tunas (yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack);

Panel 2: Northern tunas (Albacore and Bluefin tunas);

Panel 3: Southern ttunas (Albacore and Southern Bluefin tuna);

Panel 4: Other species (swordfish, marlins, sailfish, and small tunas).


The Committee of Compliance for the Conservation and Management Measures: is responsible for the analysis of all aspects of the application of conservation and management measures of ICCAT, in the regulatory area, in particular, its compliance by the Contracting Parties.

The Secretariat: ICCAT headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain.

In addition to the structure below, there are also a number of working groups, which are tailored to the specific needs of ICCAT, such as the following:

• Convention Amendments WG

• Integrated Monitoring Measures WG

• Stock Assessment WG, etc.


Eligibility conditions:

(a) to have a valid fishing license in accordance with Article 6 of the Control Regulation (Regulation 1224/2009);

(b) implementation of the relevant IMO vessel identification system, if required under Union law;

(c) the fishing vessel is not on a list of IUU vessels adopted by an RFMO and / or the Union under the IUU Regulation;

(d) the flag Member State has fishing opportunities under the fisheries agreement in question;

(e) to have a vessel monitoring system (VMS) installed and operational;

f) to have an electronic recording and reporting system installed and operational;

(g) to be on the list of authorized ICCAT vessels;

(h) to have valid certificates of navigation and compliance.



— Bluefin tuna
— Southern bluefin tuna
— Yellowfin tuna
— Albacore tuna
— Bigeye tuna
— blackfin tuna
— little tunny
— Skipjack tuna
— Skipjack tuna
— Frigate tuna
— Bullet tuna
— Plain bonito
— Wahoo
— West African Spanish mackerel
— West African Spanish mackerel
— Atlantic sailfish
— Black Marlin
— Blue marlin
— Atlantic white Marlin
— swordfish
— longbill spearfish


Species with special catch, registration and control regimes:


Bluefin tuna - There are no Portuguese vessels licensed for active Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing, which is only allowed on a by-catch basis and up to 5% of the total catch on board. By-catch of this species is always deducted from the Portuguese annual quota and requires specific documentation (e-BCD), validated pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2016/1627 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 September 2016 establishing a multi-annual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the East Atlantic and Mediterranean, repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 302/2009.


Vessels engaged in surface longliners fishing activities south of the 20º South should use lines to chase away seabirds (tori lines) in order to limit and, if possible, eliminate accidental by-catches of seabirds.



In the regulatory area of ICCAT:

• it is prohibited to keep on board, transship or land any part of carcass or whole carcass of Bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus) in any fishery;

• it is prohibited to engage in direct fishing for species of Bigeye thresher of the family Alopias;

• it is prohibited to keep on board, to transship or to land any part of carcass or whole carcass of smooth hammerhead sharks of the family of Sphyrnidae (with the exception of Sphyrna tiburo) in association with a fishery carried out in the ICCAT Convention area;


• it is prohibited to keep on board, transship or land any part of carcass or whole carcass of oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) caught in any fishery;

• Finally, it is forbidden to keep on board silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) caught in any kind of fishery.


Fishing Gears


  • Surface Longliners
  • (Pole-and-line)


Authorized vessels - The list of authorized vessels that may operate in the ICCAT Regulatory Area can be found at:




Requests for the chartering of a national vessel must be submitted to the DGRM, accompanied by the necessary documentation, in particular the draft charter agreement between the Parties, drawn up in Portuguese or accompanied by its official translation, as well as the license issued by the Chartering Party. The submission shall be examined in the light of the applicable legislation, in particular:

• Article 9 of Decree-Law 278/87 of 7 July, in the wording given by Decree-Law 383/98, of 27 November, and of article 72 of Regulatory Decree No. 43/87 of 17 July, as amended by Regulatory Decree No. 7/2000 of 30 May;

• the provisions contained in Chapter V of Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December on the sustainable management of the external fishing fleets, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1006 / 2008 of the Council.


Conservation measures in force