This work has been facilitated through the very cooperative
spirit encountered on numerous visits in
Poland among private sector operators and public sector
representatives. In particular, Professor Polanski,
Professor Dutkiewicz and Dr. Kuzebski of the Sea
Fisheries Institute have been of great assistance.
Representatives of the Polish Government and the
Fisheries Administration have also been most helpful in
volunteering information and background material. I
also thank my colleagues at the FAO, Zbigniew
Karnicki, Grimur Valdimarsson, Izzat Feidi and Erhard
Ruckes for valuable support. Special thanks to Jochen
Nierentz of EASTFISH and Alberto Ramírez of
Fundación Chile whose fact-finding mission to Central
and Eastern Europe gave the impetus for this paper.
1999 marks the end of the first decade after the reestablishment of a free Poland and of the Polish market economy. Tremendous changes have been undertaken, and the seafood sector is no exception to ther general rule; it has changed to an extent that no one could have foreseen at the start of this decade. The process of evolution will lead to significant changes also in the future, but it is my belief that, in a distant future, when observers study the history of Poland's fisheries and the seafood sector, the decade of major change will have been that of 1989-1999.
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