Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2015


Communication between scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders is vitally important in the effort to conserve and maintain important aquatic stocks such as the Atlantic tunas. In order to facilitate dialogue between diverse parties, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) developed a glossary fifteen years ago that explains ICCAT terminology in basic scientific terms. Although new technical terms and methodologies are now employed by ICCAT, they have not been added to the glossary, which limits understanding and creates the need for a glossary update. Using a text analysis software and manually reading through the Executive Summaries on fish species and the Report of the Sub-Committee on Ecosystems published since 2000, a list of potential terms for addition to the ICCAT glossary were acquired. Accompanying definitions were synthesized after the study of other relevant glossaries. This study produced forty-seven terms that are now put forth for further review and, pending acceptance, addition to the ICCAT glossary.


Department: MBF

MPS Track: FMC

Location: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

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