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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION ACTIVITIES

Following the request of the first substantive session the FAO has produced two information papers: A/CONF.164/INF/8, "The Precautionary Approach with Reference to Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks", and A/CONF.164/INF/9, "Reference Points for Fisheries Management: Their Potential Application to Straddling and Highly Migratory Resources".

The Precautionary Approach information paper will be considered over a three-day period in the first week of the session. The paper outlines the need for recognition of a precautionary approach to fisheries management as well as an interpretation of a possible framework to establish a precautionary principle.

The Reference Points for Fisheries Management information paper will be considered over a three-day period during the third week of the session.