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NGOs have been examining the Chair's negotiating text and preparing amendments for alternative language as well as slight modifications in the structure of the document. They are likely to develop individual positions on these issues and then attempt to come up with some form of common position paper to be presented to the next session.

At the last session of the Conference, a group of 100 like-minded NGOs, led by Greenpeace, presented a statement to the delegates. This statement, "A Call for Global Fisheries Reform," has formed the basis for NGO lobbying efforts. It calls for reforms in three fundamental areas: