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This Fisheries Technical Paper on Observer Programme Guidelines was prepared within the framework of FishCode, the FAO Interregional Programme of Assistance to Developing Countries for Implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, under Project GCP/INT/648/NOR ('Management for Responsible Fisheries').

The Guidelines are based primarily on the work of Sandy Davies (Marine Fisheries Management Adviser for the Southern African Development Community (SADC)), with the editorial assistance of J. Eric Reynolds (FAO, Rome). The comments and suggestions of George Everett, George Hanek, Andrew Smith, Siebren Venema and other FAO colleagues on earlier draft material are gratefully acknowledged. David Lymer and Françoise Schatto provided important help with final manuscript preparation. Thanks are also due to: Per Erik Bergh for cooperation in developing Appendixes 3 and 6 and for editing and formatting assistance; Malcolm Block and Heine Lesch for cooperation in developing Appendixes 7, 8, and 10; and Graeme Parkes and Nicola Erridge for cooperation in developing Appendixes 1, 2, 5 and 6. Finally, special appreciation is expressed to the many observers, observer coordinators and instructors who have inspired the ideas behind these Guidelines.

J. Eric Reynolds
Programme Coordinator, FishCode
Fishery Policy and Planning Division
FAO Fisheries Department, Rome


All FAO Members and Associate Members
Interested Nations and International Organizations
Directors of Fisheries
FAO Fisheries Department
FAO Fisheries Officers and Subregional Officers
Interested Non-Governmental Organizations

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