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1. The Second Meeting of FAO and Non-FAO Regional Fishery Bodies or Arrangements was held on 20 and 21 February 2001 at FAO Headquarters, Rome. Representatives from 24 regional fishery bodies, namely, nine FAO and 15 non-FAO bodies, participated. Representatives from the FAO Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the Chairperson of the FAO Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research (ACFR) also participated at the Meeting. The List of Participants is given in Appendix B.

2. Mr Ichiro Nomura, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries Department, opened the Meeting and welcomed the participants on behalf of the Fisheries Department. He underlined the importance of the substantive issues to be discussed at this Meeting and stressed that continued dialogue would enhance closer collaboration between FAO and non-FAO fishery bodies or arrangements in their mutual endeavour to achieve responsible management and utilization of fishery resources. The full text of the Assistant Director-General’s statement is shown in Appendix D.

3. The Meeting adopted the Agenda presented in Appendix A. A list of documents placed before the Meeting is given as Appendix C.

4. The Meeting unanimously elected the following as office bearers:


Mr Robin Allen, Director, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC);


Mr Estebán de Salas, Executive Secretary, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR);


Mr Tissa Amaratunga, Assistant Executive Secretary, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).

5. The above officers will hold office until the beginning of the Third Meeting.

6. The FAO Fisheries Department provided the Secretariat for the Meeting.

7. The participants from RFBs pointed out that in most cases they were representatives of the Secretariat only and were not mandated for decision making. Therefore, comments made could only be considered as personal or expert advice.

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