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The North Atlantic swordfish population was declared to be fully recovered in 2009.
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Fishery Management

Regulating the harvesting of seafood, including swordfish and tuna, is an important function to ensure the safety and quality of the fish consumers enjoy. In addition, recent regulations help to ensure that seafood is caught in a conservation-minded manner, ensuring the sustainability of the marine ecosystem.

ICCAT LogoDue to the migratory nature of swordfish and tunas, effective conservation and management regulations must be developed internationally. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), uses scientific research to evaluate the status of the swordfish and tuna populations, and develops management measures designed to accomplish conservation goals. The United States participates fully in developing these international recommendations. To learn more about the international management of Atlantic swordfish and tuna, please click here.

NOAA LogoIn the United States, implementing the recommendations of ICCAT is the responsibility of NOAA Fisheries Service, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Because most Atlantic swordfish and tuna commercial fishing is performed outside of state waters, most states are not directly involved in regulating these fish. Since the early 1990s, Atlantic swordfish and tunas have been managed by the Highly Species Division of NOAA Fisheries Service, based in Silver Spring, MD. U.S. commercial fishermen in the Atlantic highly-migratory species fisheries must comply with extensive regulation. For more information about U.S. management of Atlantic swordfish and tuna, click here.

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