A WTO Fisheries Subsidies Deal: What it means and why it matters

September 29, 2021 3:00 pm CET

(Open to public)

This session was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and IISD. Panellists looked at how a successful WTO agreement on curbing subsidies for overfishing could pave the way for a stronger multilateral trade and environment agenda. The event provided expert views and a forum for discussion of what the new agreement means and why it matters for the ocean and the multilateral trading system. Panellists also considered how the agreement’s implementation will be a catalyst for sustainable trade and a sustainable future.


  • Chris Costello, Co-director of the Sustainable Fisheries Group, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Richard Damania, Chief Economist of the Sustainable Development Practice Group, The World Bank Group
  • Sebastian Mathew, Executive Director, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
  • Alexandre Parola, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the WTO


  • Alice Tipping, Lead, Sustainable Trade and Fisheries Subsidies, IISD

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