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South countries call for exception on artisanal fishing, oppose non-violation complaints January 27,2021   |  Source: TWN

Many developing countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) have called for an exception or carve-out for artisanal fishing from the proposed disciplines in the Doha fisheries subsidies agreement, as well as sharply opposed attempts to bring non-violation complaints (NVCs) into the new agreement that aims to safeguard global sustainability concerns, trade envoys told the SUNS.

At the completion of the first cluster of meetings at the WTO this year on fisheries subsidies on 19-22 January, the developing countries – India, South Africa, Mauritius on behalf of the African Group, Jamaica on behalf of the ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) group, and the least-developed countries (LDCs) – drew markers on the second revised draft consolidated text issued by the chair of the Doha Rules negotiations last month, trade envoys said.

The chair’s second revised draft text failed to include the core concerns raised by the developing countries on the proposed disciplines for tackling IUU (illegal, unreported, and unregulated) fishing, overcapacity and overfishing, and depletion of fish stocks, said a trade envoy, who asked not to be quoted.

Members also raised serious concerns about their effective participation in the negotiations due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic,

Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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