The North Atlantic Format (NAF) is used for fisheries related electronic data transmission. Some Flag States and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO's) including The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) and The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) are using NAF data-elements or messages.
NAF uses internationally recognized standards for vessel types (ISSCFV), for gear (ISSCFG), and for fish species (ISSCAAP). In addition NAF uses the ISO3166 3-Alpha Codes standard for States and fishing entities including specialty developed codes for international waters and RFMO’s.
NEAFC and NAFO have created a new group called the Joint Advisory Group on Data Management (JAGDM). This group was started in 2014 and, as part of its mandate, is considering new data exchange formats that may replace NAF. For further information please visit http://www.jagdm.org .