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Africa: Cut fishing subsidies and save marine life, says trade talks chief June 06,2019   |  Source: AllAfrica

International trade agreements not only free up opportunities for fairer trade and development among nations – negotiations now under way at the World Trade Organization (WTO) can also help prevent over-fishing and preserve marine life. But the talks are approaching a critical moment, and WTO director-general Roberto Azevêdo says member countries need to step up their efforts to find the compromises needed to reach a deal.

Recent studies on the health of our oceans offer irrefutable evidence that something very disturbing is taking place and that the threat to marine life has never been graver.

As we mark World Oceans Day on June 8, the evidence has never been more compelling that many fish stocks are rapidly being depleted. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 33 percent of global stocks are overfished – compared with 10 percent in 1974. In some regions the picture is even more dire, with 60 percent of stocks overfished in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Southeast Pacific and the Southwest Atlantic.

A United Nations report issued last month says that the pace of species extinction is accelerating and that roughly one million animal and plant species face extinction within decades. About a third of reef-forming corals, sharks

 

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Theme(s): Others, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Landing Centres, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats.

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