2. The Expert Consultation was held in Rome, Italy, from 22 to 25 June, hosted by FAO with funding from the FAO Regular Programme and the Governments of Japan, Norway and the United States of America.
3. The meeting was attended by 9 experts reflecting a good geographic balance, with expertise covering the terms of reference for the Consultation, and by a member of the CITES Secretariat (see Appendix B). The Agenda adopted for the meeting is included as Appendix A. The working documents provided as resource material for the meeting are listed in Appendix D.
4. The meeting was opened by Mr Ichiro Nomura, Assistant Director General, Fisheries Department who welcomed the participants and provided some background to the work undertaken by FAO in relation to CITES and commercially-exploited aquatic species. Mr Ali Mekouar, Chief, Development Law Service also welcomed the participants on behalf of the Legal Counsel. The text of the statement by Mr Nomura is reproduced in Appendix C.
5. Mr Martin Tsamenyi was elected Chair of the Consultation and Ms Anniken Krutnes was elected Vice-Chair. Mr Erik Franckx and Mr Colin McIff were elected Rapporteurs.