In accordance with the recommendations of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), FAO prepared the first draft of technical guidelines in relation to fishing operations, which were submitted to the Technical Consultation on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Rome, 26 September to 5 October 1994. The draft was prepared taking into account the Declaration of Cancun, Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the Report of the Expert Consultation on Responsible Fishing Operations, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada, 6 to 11 June 1994. Thereafter, the draft was revised taking into account the negotiations of the United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks and the elaboration of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. The technical guidelines are given in support of the implementation of the Code of Conduct in relation to fishing operations. They are addressed to States, international organizations, fisheries management bodies, owners, managers and charterers of fishing vessels, and fishermen and their organizations. Guidance is also given with respect to the general public.