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The Government of the United States and the Government of Japan announced today the formation of the *Interim Scientific Committee to study the tuna and tuna-like species of the North Pacific Ocean. They announced as well that all countries of the region, and states with vessels fishing in the region could participate as Members of the Committee. They indicated that the Committee would cooperate closely with relevant fisheries and scientific organizations, and other entities with vessels fishing in the region. In forming the Committee, the Government of the United States and the Government of Japan noted the need to develop better information on stocks of tuna and tuna-like species in the North Pacific Ocean, in cooperation with relevant fisheries organizations, to enhance scientific knowledge throughout the entire migratory range of these species.

They described the purposes of the Committee to be: 1. To enhance scientific research and cooperation for conservation and rational utilization of the species of tuna and tuna-like fishes which inhabit the North Pacific Ocean during part or all of their life cycle; and, 2. To establish the scientific groundwork, if at some point in the future, it is decided to create a multilateral regime for the conservation and rational utilization of these species in this region. It was announced that the Government of Japan intends to host the first meeting of the Committee in 1995, that working groups plan to be formed on specific matters, and that these working groups are expected to report to the second meeting of the Committee which would occur in 1997 in the United States. In establishing the Committee, the Government of the United States and Japan Indicated that it was their intention that the procedures and functions of the Committee be kept as simple and informal as possible in order to facilitate the full exchange of scientific information. In this regard, they developed a short statement of purposes, procedures and functions to guide the Committee in its work.

*The committee name has been changed to "International ..." since 2005.

Release: January 13 1995

Erra collected: July 8 2006.