These meetings typically provided a printed agenda, which included such items as presentations on recent stock assessments, or perhaps a recent scientific paper. Often there would be open discussions on proposed management measures, or amendments to existing management regulations on billfish, tuna, swordfish or sharks, most of which were, and still are, overfished. I noticed that, often, the subjects of major interest to commercial lobbyists were placed near the beginning of the agenda. The meetings usually lasted a day and a half. The topics that were most important to recreational-fishing interests, such as billfish, often ended up at the tail end of the agenda, when attendance lagged due to early departures by those who had flights to catch.