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ICNAF Documents and Publications

Link here to access the numerous ICNAF documents and publications.

ICNAF Docs. & Pubs.

ICNAF

First Meeting of ICNAF in 1951

International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (ICNAF)

 

The International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic (ICNAF) was among the first regional fisheries management body to be established in the world (http://www.fao.org/fishery/rfb/en) and was considered to have played a leading role in the assessment and management of fish stocks outside of national jurisdictions.

Despite ICNAF’s lead role and innovations in the formulation of fishery management techniques, an overwhelming expansion of long distance fleets in the 1950s and 1960s had a profound and lasting effect on the fishery resources in the northwest Atlantic. An extensive learning curve in understanding status and effects of exploitation on the fish populations, and limits on controls that could be imposed in international waters, diminished the effectiveness of ICNAF.

See below for more information on ICNAF in the drop down menus. A reference list is available as well.

A pdf is available here (952 kb)

History of ICNAF

History of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries - ICNAF years

ICNAF - Catches

Landings of groundfish

Catches in the ICNAF Convention area. Upper Panel shows catches by country. Lower Panel summarizes catches by species. Note: Nearly all menhaden, oyster, surf clam, quahog, blue crab and alewife were taken by the USA.

Catches officially reported in STATLANT Area 21 (ICNAF/NAFO Convention Area) between 1960 and 1979 can be found by using our 21A Extraction tool.

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