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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:

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.

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