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IISD's work on fisheries, trade and sustainable development contributes to crafting multilateral and regional trade rules and policies that support sustainable fishing. 

We are focused on supporting the current World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies by the end of 2020, recognizing the need to restore the sustainability of fish stocks while supporting livelihoods and food security, particularly in developing countries.

  • Video
    Fisheries Subsidies Video Series

    Fisheries Subsidies Video Series

    As part of its work to support a meaningful WTO agreement to discipline harmful fisheries subsidies, the IISD has produced a series of six videos to summarize the key issues to be resolved across the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations.  Read More
  • Blog
    How Can We Support Fisheries During the Pandemic?

    How Can We Support Fisheries During the Pandemic?

    We must aim to support businesses, incomes, and food security while creating a more sustainable future for fisheries. Read More
  • Policy Brief
    Potential Implementation Steps of a WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

    Potential Implementation Steps of a WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

    As members of the WTO negotiate new rules to curb harmful fisheries subsidies, this policy brief examines the potential steps governments could take to implement successful subsidy reform that promotes more sustainable fisheries. Read More
  • Report
    Reflections on the WTO Negotiations on Prohibiting IUU Fishing Subsidies

    Reflections on the WTO Negotiations on Prohibiting IUU Fishing Subsidies

    This policy brief discusses some of the legal issues that have emerged in the negotiation of a new rule on subsidies to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the context of the World Trade Organization negotiations on fisheries subsidies.  Read More
  • Blog
    Deep Dive Into Fisheries Subsidies, Part 2: Cheap gas and free nets causing problems for shrimp

    Deep Dive Into Fisheries Subsidies, Part 2: Cheap gas and free nets causing problems for shrimp

    Stories of success in Latin American fishing communities have nothing to do with the price of gas or getting cheap equipment. Instead, there must be a system that protects their business from illegal fishing. Read More
  • Discussion Paper
    Addressing the Development Dimension of an Overcapacity and Overfishing Subsidy Discipline in the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

    Addressing the Development Dimension of an Overcapacity and Overfishing Subsidy Discipline in the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

    This discussion paper analyzes approaches to new WTO rules on subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing in the context of development priorities. Read More
  • Report
    Exploring the Possible Impacts of WTO Rules on Fisheries Subsidies: The Case of the Southern Longline Tuna Fishery in the Western and Central Pacific

    Exploring the Possible Impacts of WTO Rules on Fisheries Subsidies: The Case of the Southern Longline Tuna Fishery in the Western and Central Pacific

    This case study explores the potential impact of new rules on fisheries subsidies on the southern longline tuna fishery in the Western and Central Pacific ocean. Read More
  • Policy Brief
    Support to Fuel Consumption for Fisheries

    Support to Fuel Consumption for Fisheries

    This policy brief provides an up-to-date evidence base for WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies by collecting the information available on fuel support to fishing from WTO subsidy notifications, WTO trade policy reviews and the OECD’s Fisheries Support Estimate database. Read More
  • Report
    Exploración de los Posibles Impactos de las Reglas de la OMC Sobre Subsidios a la Pesca: El Caso del Camarón en la Costa Oeste de América Latina

    Exploración de los Posibles Impactos de las Reglas de la OMC Sobre Subsidios a la Pesca: El Caso del Camarón en la Costa Oeste de América Latina

    Este caso de estudio explora el posible impacto en la pesca de camarón en el Pacífico Oriental Tropical de nuevas reglas sobre los subsidios pesqueros.  Read More
  • Blog
    Deep Dive Into Fisheries Subsidies, Part 1: Senegal and the suffering sardinella

    Deep Dive Into Fisheries Subsidies, Part 1: Senegal and the suffering sardinella

    Overfishing has reached alarming proportions in West Africa, affecting the local economy, culture and people's daily lives. How can a WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies help? Read More