Fisheries scientists and marine biologists are calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to approve additional regulations that eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies. In a commentary published in the journal npj Ocean Sustainability over 30 renowned researchers remind the WTO that well-managed wild fisheries are pillars supporting food and nutrition security, livelihoods, equity, and cultural heritage, particularly in the […]

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The United Kingdom deposited their instruments of acceptance of the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies on 13 December, advancing the tally of formal acceptances to the halfway mark required for entry into force. Andrew Mitchell, Minister of State (Development and Africa) of the UK presented the instruments of acceptance to the World Trade Organisation Director-General Ngozi […]

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China deposited its instrument of acceptance for the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies on 27 June, affirming its support for the historic agreement for ocean sustainability as the world’s leading marine fishing producer. The news follows a call from WTO members that are among the first 10 to formally accept the Fisheries Subsidies Agreement for other […]

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The European Union, on behalf of its 27 member states, has deposited its instrument of acceptance of the WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, marking a major development towards the Agreement’s entry into force. The EU’s instrument of acceptance was presented to Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Paris on the side lines of the Organisation for Economic […]

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The United States deposited its instrument of acceptance for the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies on 11 April, making it the fourth World Trade Organisation (WTO) member, and the first among the large fishing nations, to do so. The formal acceptance by the United States marks a pivotal moment for the approaching entry into force of […]

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WTO members concluded the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva on 17 June, securing multilaterally negotiated outcomes on a series of key trade initiatives. The negotiations on fisheries subsidies began more than twenty years ago, in 2001, and have now reached an important milestone. It is the first time WTO members have ever concluded a […]

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