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Close of the Workshop

40. The Secretary thanked the participants for their dedication and productive efforts to review the practical implications concerning the guidance expressed by the Commission made at the twenty-eighth session, namely that a step-by-step approach be taken to combat IUU fishing, and the invitation of the 2003 Ministerial Declaration to consider certain measures in that regard.

41. The participants agreed that the Secretary should circulate a draft report of the Workshop for their review and comment, and that the final report will be considered at the twenty-ninth session of GFCM.

42. The Secretary thanked the Government of Japan and the FAO FishCode Programme for their kind support in funding this important Workshop.

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