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This document contains the report of the Expert Consultation on Fishing Vessels Operating under Open Registries and their Impact on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, which was held at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Miami, Florida, United States of America, from 23 to 25 September 2003. The Expert Consultation was convened by the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the support of the FAO Fisheries Department's FishCode Programme ("Interregional Programme of Assistance to Developing Countries for the Implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries"). Major funding for the Expert Consultation and report preparation was provided through FishCode component projects GCP/INT/849/USA ("Support for the Implementation of the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing"), with Trust Fund support from the Government of the United States of America, and GCP/INT/823/JPN ("Responsible Fisheries for Small Island Developing States"), with Trust Fund support from the Government of Japan.

The collaboration of Dr Nancy Thompson (Director) and her colleagues at the SEFSC in arranging for the Expert Consultation venue and logistics is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks are due to Ms Tania Abdirizzak (FIPD), Ms Marianne Guyonnet (FIPL), Ms Jenny Thorsell (FIPD), Ms Ulrika Westerberg (FIPD) and Ms Sophia Howard (SEFSC, Miami) for administrative support throughout the planning and implementation of the Consultation. The assistance of Ms Françoise Schatto (FIDI) and FAO/FishCode Consultants Ms Judith Swan, Ms Sophia Gazza, Ms Alacoque Martin and Mr A.F. Medina Pizalli with final publication preparations is also acknowledged with thanks.

This document is issued in English and Spanish, the languages in which the Expert Consultation was conducted.

David Doulman
Senior Fishery Liaison Officer
Fishery Policy and Planning Division
FAO Fisheries Department, Rome

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


Participants in the Consultation
Interested nations and international organizations
FAO Fisheries Department
Fishery Officers in FAO Regional Offices

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