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Opening of the meeting

1. The Ad Hoc GFCM/ICCAT Working Group on Sustainable Bluefin Tuna Farming/Fattening Practices in the Mediterranean held its Third Meeting in Rome from 16 to 18 March 2005.

2. The Meeting was attended by 19 experts representing 10 Mediterranean countries, Japan and the European Commission, as well as representatives from the Secretariats of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), FAO Officers and Observers. The list of participants is given in Appendix B to this report.

3. Mr Victor Restrepo, Assistant Executive Secretary of ICCAT and Chairperson of the Working Group welcomed the participants and expressed, on behalf of ICCAT and GFCM, appreciation for their presence at this Meeting. The Working Group congratulated Mr Alain Bonzon on his election as the GFCM Executive Secretary.

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