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 World Trade Organization negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies, recognizing the need to restore the sustainability of fish stocks while supporting livelihoods and food security, particularly in developing countries.
A Global Deal to Tackle Harmful Fisheries Subsidies: A look behind the scenes
In June 2022, World Trade Organization members reached a historic deal tackling harmful fisheries subsidies. We unpack how a global campaign by environmental non-governmental organizations and technical policy and legal advice from trade experts in Geneva helped make a difference.
The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: What it means and why it matters
After more than two decades of negotiations, members of the World Trade Organization concluded an Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies in June 2022. What does it entail, and why does this treaty matter?
Self-Assessment Tool for the Implementation of the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement
As World Trade Organization Members prepare for the entry into force of the new Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, this new tool aims to support their implementation efforts.
Quad and the WTO focus on fishing
Some rare good news in global trade talks, and attempts to tackle an ecological and human rights disaster.
Fuel Subsidies to Marine Fisheries in Indonesia
This brief presents an overview of fuel subsidies to marine fisheries in Indonesia, explains why such measures can be risky from a sustainability perspective, and highlights lessons from Indonesia's experience in reforming of fossil fuel subsidies more broadly.
Fuel Subsidies to Marine Fisheries in India
This brief presents an overview of fuel subsidies to marine fisheries in India and highlights how possible reform could be informed by India's experience in reforming fossil fuel subsidies more broadly.
It’s Taken More than 20 Years and Is Full of Holes, but a New International Agreement Targets Fishing Subsidies
After 20 years of failed negotiations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has secured a deal to curb harmful subsidies that contribute to overfishing. Conservationists and campaign groups welcomed last week’s agreement as historic, despite criticism of “big holes” in the agreement.
First WTO deal on fishing subsidies hailed as historic despite 'big holes'
After 20 years of failed negotiations, the World Trade Organization has secured a deal to curb harmful subsidies that contribute to overfishing. Conservationists and campaign groups welcomed last week’s agreement as historic, despite criticism of “big holes” in the agreement.
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