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WTO Chief Sees Fisheries Deal as Key to ‘Watershed’ Year by Bryce Baschuk May 04,2021   |  Source: Bloomberg

The world’s most important trade negotiation this year centers on a deal aimed at saving the world’s fisheries. Back in 2015, global leaders tasked the World Trade Organization with ending excessive and illegal fishing. The idea was to eliminate government subsidies that incentivize companies to deplete the world’s fish stocks and threaten coastal economies. But year after year, deadline after broken deadline, WTO negotiators failed to secure such an agreement. This year it sounds different.

“It’s like a watershed year — we have to deliver some successes,” WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said Monday at a European Commission trade conference. She then recited her 2021 agenda with a fisheries deal atop the list. A failure to conclude a fisheries deal would show that the WTO lacks credibility and is incapable tackling the more pressing problems of the modern global trading system. Okonjo-Iweala sees it as a way to signal to the world that the WTO is back. There’s one big problem. China, India and other developing nations are more focused on carving out exemptions than agreeing to enforceable disciplines that would help foster the sustainability of the world’s fish stocks. But there are two signals that may provide hope for advocates of a fisheries

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

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