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19. In introducing his presentation on planning, Mr Doulman noted that there were many different types of plans and that they were developed for different reasons and with different levels of complexity. He added that planning was undertaken to:

20. Mr Doulman further noted that a good plan should provide:

21. Mr Doulman expressed the view that an action plan could be considered a method or approach for implementing a suite of activities to address a certain situation or a particular problem such as IUU fishing, reducing fleet sizes, management of shark populations and reducing the incidental catches of seabirds in certain longline fisheries either individually or as a combined plan. In developing an action plan, he added that it would be important to:

22. In the discussions following the presentation, the Workshop noted that there was a need for plans to be flexible if they were to be implemented successfully. It was also pointed out that fishery administrations were often significantly disadvantaged in the planning/budgetary process. The Workshop agreed that efforts should be made to increase the profile of the fisheries sector, emphasizing the importance of its social and economic dimensions. Some participants stated that despite the important contribution made by fisheries to food security, there remained a lack of understanding about the role and importance of the fisheries sector. The Workshop noted that fisheries and related issues generally became more visible when fisheries were affected adversely by particular circumstances and complaints were made to politicians.

23. Some participants expressed the view that a more proactive stance in promoting the interest of the fisheries sector could lead to the allocation of additional national resources. Creative ways to securing additional resources should be considered and the development of partnerships for funding and technical expertise was proposed as a possibility.

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