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.
WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies Update: What's the state of play?
This update provides an overview of the key questions that WTO Members will need to answer in the final phase of negotiations on fisheries subsidies.
New World Trade Organization Fisheries Subsidies Text: It’s a balancing act
On May 11, 2021 the Chair of the WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies released a new draft text for the agreement. This commentary explains how the text attempts to strike a balance on key questions in the design of new rules for support to fishing around the world.
Assessing and Managing Fishing Capacity in the Context of World Trade Organization Disciplines on Fisheries Subsidies
This brief provides general background on defining and measuring fishing capacity in the context of WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies
Fishers caught in COVID-19 net, sink into poverty
Lockdown restrictions following the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely impacted fishing operations, processing, markets and supply chains, leaving those in low-income groups vulnerable to malnutrition and poverty, say the authors of a new study.
25 Reasons Why the WTO Must End Subsidies That Drive Overfishing
WTO members are negotiating an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies. We have 25 reasons why they must reel in a deal this year, for people and planet.
Stock Take of APEC Economies’ Existing Measures on Withdrawal of Subsidies in Cases Where There Has Been a Determination of IUU Fishing
This report provides an overview of APEC economies’ existing measures on withdrawal of subsidies in cases of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, drawing on the voluntary responses and input of member economies
WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies: What's the state of play?
With only a few months to conclude WTO talks on fisheries subsidies, this update is an overview of the draft text circulated by the Chair of negotiations.
Determining the Status of Fish Stocks in Data-Poor Environments and Multispecies Fisheries
Some of the possible new World Trade Organization rules on fisheries subsidies could apply only when fish stocks are overfished or fishing is unsustainable. How can this be assessed in the context of data-poor and multispecies fisheries?
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