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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
Req Nº (old Nº) Information required Reference Para. Deadline Form Information required from Email address
S:GEN01 S01 Annual Reports (Scientific) Convention; Res. 01-16; Ref. 12-13; Rec. 18-07 15 September 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
S:GEN02 S02 Task 1 Fleet characteristics (T1FC) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 31 July
except where otherwise specified in the request for statistics
ST01-T1FC All CPCs. If no fleet exists, this fact should be reported to the Secretariat STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN03 S03 Task 1 Nominal catch estimations (T1NC) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 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 to the Secretariat STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN04 S04 Task 2 Catch and effort (T2CE) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 31 July
except where otherwise specified in the request for statistics
ST03-T2CE All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN05 S05 Task 2 Size samples (T2SZ) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 31 July
except where otherwise specified in the request for statistics
ST04-T2SZ All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN06 S06 Task 2 Catch-at-size estimations (T2CS) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 31 July
except where otherwise specified in the request for statistics
ST05-T2CS All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN07 S07 Scientific tagging surveys (inventories) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 31 July
except where otherwise specified in the request for statistics
TG01-CnvEleTSurv All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN08 S08 Conventional Tagging declaration (releases/recoveries) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 31 July TG02-CnvTReRc All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN09 S09 Electronic Tagging declaration (releases/recoveries) Art. IX (ICCAT Convention); Rec. 05-09; Res. 66-01; Various conservation and management measures relating to individual species 31 July TG03-EleTReRc All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN10 S10 Task 3 Domestic observer program data Rec. 16-14 Para 10f 31 July ST09-DomObPrg All CPCs STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN11 S11 Information on implementation of Rec. 16-14 Rec. 16-14 Para 10d/10e 15 September See Ref. 12-13 All CPCs, except those that qualify for an exemption under para 4(b) STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN12 S12 Information and data on pelagic Sargassum Res. 05-11 Para 1 31 July SCRS document (Sub. Ecosystem ) CPCs with available information  STATS_info@iccat.int
S:GEN13 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

Req Nº (old Nº) Information required Reference Para. Deadline Form Information required from Email address
S:BFT01 S15 Task 2 Size samples harvested on farms (BFT) Rec. 06-07 Para 2c 31 July ST06-T2FM CPCs involved in bluefin tuna farming STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BFT02 S16 Task 2 Size samples from stereoscopical cameras (BFT raw data outputs) OR alternative methodology for estimating size of bluefin tuna Rec. 19-04 Para 99   Raw data outputs on individual fish. (methodology and other information on alternative techniques may be presented as SCRS paper)   STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BFT03 S17 Task 2 Size samples from stereoscopical cameras (BFT at time of caging summary reports) Rec. 19-04 Para 99 15 September ST06-T2FM CPCs involved in bluefin tuna farming STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BFT04 S18 Task 3 Domestic observer program data (BFT) Rec. 19-04 Para 83 31 July ST09-DomObPrg CPCs involved in bluefin tuna farming STATS_info@iccat.int
ROP_info@iccat.int
S:BFT05 S21 Details of cooperative research programs on W-BFT to be undertaken Rec. 17-06 Para 6g Before commencement of such programmes and report to the SCRS before the start of the BFT Species Group SCRS document  CPCs involved in cooperative research STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BFT06 S22 Updates to abundance indices and other fishery indicators Rec. 17-06 Para 4 In advance of SCRS annual species group meetings SCRS document  CPCs with catches/ discards of W-BFT STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BFT07 S23  Information resulting from GBYP related research including new information resulting from enhanced biological sampling activities Rec. 17-06 Para 20 In advance of BFT stock assessement SCRS document  CPCs that harvest western Atlantic bluefin STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BFT09 S53 Report on the scientific activities conducted by vessels operating in the context of a scientific project of a research institute integrated in a scientific research program Rec.19-04 Para 45 60 days before SCRS  SCRS document. Catch data resulting from activities should be reported with Task I data CPC wishing to conduct a sport catch-and-release fishery in the North East Atlantic  STATS_info@iccat.int

Req Nº (old Nº) Information required Reference Para. Deadline Form Information required from Email address
S:TRO01 S24 Information from logbooks on BET/YFT/SKJ vessels, including discards Rec. 16-01; Rec. 17-01 Para 21; Para 2 31 July Catch and statistical data to be included in Task I and II submissions in finest resolution possible (1º x1º).  All CPCs fishing for BET/YFT/SKJ with vessels over 20m LOA or greater STATS_info@iccat.int
S:TRO02 S25 Management plans for the use of fish aggregating devices (including steps to minimise ecological impact) Rec. 19-02 Para 34 31 January Annex 1 of Rec. 19-02 CPCs operating FAD fisheries  info@iccat.int
S:TRO03 S44 Task 3 FAD information (tropicals)
(month, 1x1 squares, FAD type, etc)
Rec. 19-02 Para 39 i 31 July ST08-FadsDep CPCs operating FAD fisheries  STATS_info@iccat.int
S:TRO04 S45 Task 3 Support vessels data on tropical fisheries (BB/PS) Rec. 19-02 Para 39 iv 31 July ST07-TropSupVes CPCs operating FAD fisheries  STATS_info@iccat.int
S:TRO09 S46 Task 3 Domestic observer program data (tropicals) Rec. 19-02 Para 55-56  30 April* ST09-DomObPrg.
(and any additional necessary documents)
All CPCs fishing for tropical tuna species STATS_info@iccat.int
S:TRO10 S46b Information on electronic monitoring systems (EMS) Rec. 19-02 Para 55-56  30 April No specific format All CPCs fishing for tropical tuna species STATS_info@iccat.int
S:TRO06 S47 Task 3 Port Sampling Program data (tropicals) Rec. 19-02 Para 61 31 July ST10-PortSamp CPCs in whose port landing or transhipment of BET/YFT/SKJ takes place STATS_info@iccat.int
S:TRO07 S48 Historical FAD set data Rec. 19-02 Para 31 31 July SCRS Document and ST08 as appropriate CPCs with historical data on FAD Sets  STATS_info@iccat.int
S:TRO08 S49 Redundant            
S:TRO09 S58 Results of trials on electronic monitoring Rec. 19-02 Para 55 31 Mar
(for review by IMM)
ST09-DomObPrg.
(and any additional necessary documents)
All CPCs fishing for tropical tuna speces in 2020 info@iccat.int
STATS_info@iccat.int

Req Nº (old Nº) Information required Reference Para. Deadline Form Information required from Email address
S:BIL01 S27 Redundant            
S:BIL02 S28 Redundant            
S:BIL03 S55 Statistical methodology used to estimate dead and live discards of marlins / roundscale spearfish Rec. 19-05 Para 16 15 Sep No specific format CPCs catching (retained or discarded alive or dead) blue marlin, white marlin and/or roundscale spearfish info@iccat.int
S:BIL04 S56 Information about their data collection program for artisanal and/or small-scale fisheries Rec. 19-05 Para 16 15 Sep No specific format CPCs with artisanal and small-scale fisheries catching (retained or discarded alive or dead) blue marlin, white marlin and/or roundscale spearfish info@iccat.int
S:BIL05 S57 Results of trials on electronic monitoring for BIL Rec. 19-05 Para 20 1 Mar ST09-DomObPrg
(and any additional necessary SCRS document)
CPCs trialling electronic monitoring systems with BIL interactions info@iccat.int
STATS_info@iccat.int

Req Nº (old Nº) Information required Reference Para. Deadline Form Information required from Email address
S:SHK01 S32 Plan for improving data collection for sharks on a species specific level  Rec. 11-08 Para 4 31 July SCRS document CPCs that have not reported species-specific shark data info@iccat.int
STATS_info@iccat.int
S:SHK02 S50 Results of research and biological sampling on shortfin mako Rec. 14-06; Rec. 19-06 Para 3; Para 6 Prior to Sharks Species Group meeting SCRS document CPCs carrying out research on shortfin mako info@iccat.int
S:SHK03 S51 Information on blue shark Rec. 16-12; Rec. 19-07 Para 7 31 July SCRS document CPCs undertaking scientific research on blue sharks info@iccat.int
S:SHK04 S54 The amount of North Atlantic shortfin mako caught and retained on board as well as dead discards and live releases Rec. 19-06 Para 9 6 June ST02-T1NC CPCs that authorize their vessels to catch and retain on board, transship or land North Atlantic shortfin
mako
STATS_info@iccat.int

Req Nº (old Nº) Information required Reference Para. Deadline Form Information required from Email address
S:BYC01 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
S:BYC02 S38 Information on interactions of its fleet with sea turtles in ICCAT fisheries by gear type Rec. 10-09 Para 1 31 July ST09-DomObPrg CPCs whose fisheries interact with sea-turtles STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BYC03 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-DomObPrg All CPCs with seabird by-catch in their longline fisheries STATS_info@iccat.int
S:BYC04 S41 Notification of measures taken on the collection of by-catch and discard data in artisanal fisheries through alternative means Rec. 11-10 Para 1c 15 September Ref. 12-13. Include in part 1 of Annual Report CPCs operating artisanal fisheries info@iccat.int
S:BYC05 S42 CPCs shall report on steps taken to mitigate by-catch and reduce discards, and on any relevant research Rec. 11-10 Para 1e 15 September 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.