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These guidelines have been produced to support implementation of IPOA-IUU by national governments as well as by relevant international organizations, particularly at the regional and subregional level. These guidelines may also be of use to NGOs, including representatives of the fishing sector, environmental organizations, and academic and scientific institutions.

These guidelines review the measures to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing that are contained in the IPOA-IUU and provide advice as to how those measures may be best put into effect. These guidelines also provide advice on the possible organization and content of NPOAs for implementation of the IPOA-IUU, as well as suggestions for reporting to FAO on implementation of the IPOA-IUU. Section 11 of these guidelines contains a handy checklist of recommended actions, drawn from earlier sections.

These guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for the IPOA-IUU itself, or as a manual for interpretation or application of other relevant instruments in the field of international fisheries. These guidelines have no formal legal status.

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