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Full text of the "International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas" is available.

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          INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF
                           ATLANTIC TUNAS

Objective
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     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
=====================

     (a) Applies to all waters of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas
(art. 1);

     (b) An International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic
Tunas established (art. 3);

     (c) The Commission 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);

     (d) 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).

Membership
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     Open to any State member of the United Nations or of any of its
specialized agencies by way of signature subject to ratification or
approval by signatory States, or adherence by any non-signatory State.

                                               Amendment
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     Date of adoption         14. 5.1966       10. 7.1984
     Place of adoption        Rio de Janeiro,  
                              Brazil           Paris
     Date of entry into force 21. 3.1969       Not yet in force
     Languages                English, French, English, French,
                              Spanish          Spanish
     Depositary               FAO              FAO

     Participant                 Ratification    Entry into   Withdrawals
                                 Accession (Ac)  force       
     -----------                 --------------  ----------    -----------

     Angola                      29. 7.1976 (Ac) 29. 7.1976
     Benin                        9. 1.1979 (Ac)  9. 1.1978
     Brazil                       1. 4.1969       1. 4.1969
     Canada                      20. 8.1968 (Ac) 21. 3.1969
     Cape Verde                  11.10.1979 (Ac) 11.10.1979
     Côte d'Ivoire                6.12.1972 (Ac)  6.12.1972
     Cuba                        15. 1.1975 (Ac) 15. 1.1975     31.12.1991
     Equatorial Guinea           13. 5.1987 (Ac) 13. 5.1987
     France                       7.11.1968 (Ac) 21. 8.1969
     Gabon                       19. 9.1977      19. 9.1977
     Ghana                       17. 4.1968 (Ac) 21. 3.1969
     Guinea                       5. 6.1991 (Ac)  5. 6.1991
     Japan                       24. 8.1967      21. 3.1969
     Korea, Republic of          28. 8.1970      28. 8.1970
     Morocco                     26. 9.1969 (Ac) 26. 9.1969
     Portugal                     3. 9.1969 (Ac)  3. 9.1969
     Russian Federation           7. 1.1977 (Ac)  7. 1.1977
     Sao Tome and Principe       15. 9.1983 (Ac) 17. 9.1983
     Senegal                     25. 8.1971 (Ac) 25. 8.1971     31.12.1988
     South Africa                17.10.1967 (Ac)
     Spain                       21. 3.1969
     United States of  
       America                   18. 5.1967
     Uruguay                     16. 3.1983 (Ac)
     Venezuela                   17.11.1983

Convention Secretariat
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the  
United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
Cables:    FOODAGRI ROME
Telex:     610181 FAO 1
           625852 FAO 1/625853 FAO 1
Telephone: 57971
Fax:       57973152
           5782610/57975155

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