Another year has gone by and here again I sit in a nearly two-week long meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). If you have ever picked up a fishing magazine, you have undoubtedly heard of this dysfunctional management body that controls the international harvest of highly migratoryspecies (HMS) of fish within the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. And as dysfunctional as it is, it is still the only game in town. Looking around the room at several hundred delegates and observers, I can count the number of recreational fishing representatives on one hand. The rest are commercial fishing interests and government officials who represent commercial fishing interests in their respective countries. The meeting has always been and continues to be about commercial harvest and how these important fish are doled out to the 48 contracting parties from 70 plus nations. With that said, it is still extremely important for the recreational fishing community to have a presence here – keeping an eye on the fox as he guards the henhouse, if you will. In any given moment in any given session of the meeting, a decision can be made that has deleterious affects on the recreational community, both inside and outside of the US.