Objective: To maintain populations of tuna and tuna-like fish in the Atlantic Ocean at levels permitting the maximum sustainable catch for food and other purposes.
Summary of provisions: This Convention applies to all waters of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas (art. 1)
Institutional mechanism: An International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is established (art. 3). It is to be responsible for research into the abundance, ecology and biometry of the fish, the oceanography of their environment and the effects of human and natural factors on their abundance (art. 4). The Commission, on the basis of scientific evidence, to make recommendations for the maintenance of the populations of tuna and tuna-like fish (art. 8).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)