These guidelines have been finalized by the FAO Fishery Resources Division (FIR) based on the draft developed during the Expert Consultation on Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management, Reykjavik, Iceland, 1619 September 2002.
Experts contributing to the original draft included Johann Bell, Doug Butterworth, Kevern Cochrane, Robin Cook, Philippe Cury, Serge Garcia, Henrik Gislason, Sebastian Mathew, Carlos Moreno, Hiroshi Okamura, Jake Rice, Keith Sainsbury (Chair), Birane Samb, Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Michael Sissenwine, Derek Staples, Gunnar Stefánsson, Keven Stokes, Sergi Tudela, John Willy Valdemarsen and Rolf Willman. Final editing and compilation were undertaken by Derek Staples with assistance from Kevern Cochrane and Serge Garcia.
It must be stressed that these Guidelines have no formal legal status. They are intended to provide support for the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Furthermore, in order to present the management process in all its complexity and diversity, the wording and structure of these Guidelines do not strictly follow the language and the structure of the Code. Therefore, any eventual differences in the terminology employed should not be understood as an intention to reinterpret the Code. At the time of writing, there was little practical experience in implementing EAF anywhere in the world. These guidelines, therefore, should be considered as preliminary, to be revised regularly in the light of practical experience as it becomes available.
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