Experts representing countries that have finalized the development of their National Plan of Action for Reducing Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries (NPOA-Seabirds) where invited to the Workshop. These experts gave presentations on the development of their NPOAs with an overview of the plans. The NPOA of the following countries were presented:
NPOA - USA (Kim Rivera)
Local POA - Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (Grant Munro)
NPOA - New Zealand (Janice Molloy)
NPOA - Brazil (Tatiana Neves)
NPOA - Chile (Carlos Moreno)
The NPOA of USA is the only one that to date has been implemented in commercial longline fisheries. Brazil and Falkland Islands (Malvinas) have prepared a final document of their NPOAs, whereas New Zealand has prepared a draft to be finalized in early 2004. In Chile, a new project with the objective of developing an NPOA has been initiated.