Fisheries Trade


International trade in fish and fish products is booming. Production is increasing on the back of growing demand across the world. Preservation and transport of produce is becoming cheaper. Lower tariffs have helped, as has the coming in of 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zones.

More than half the value of exports is from developing countries of Low Income Food Deficit Countries (LIFDC). ICSF monitors this trade from the perspective of small-scale fishers, analysing international and regional trade regimes, disseminating information about relevant developments to fishworker bodies, civil society and policymakers.

ICSF explains ecolabelling and other forms of certification and their implications for small-scale fishing communities and food security. The aim is enhanced capacity of fisher organizations to deal with trade on an even keel.

ICSF follows negotiations related to fisheries subsidies and other fisheries-related debates at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and follows regional trade agreements, to inform small-scale fishers about their implications for their access to resources and markets.


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ICSF continues to monitor and analyze information on developments in international trade and regional trade regimes and to disseminate information about such developments to fishworker organizations, CSOs and policy makers.

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The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: What it means and why it matters by IISD, 2022

After more than two decades of negotiations, members of the World Trade Organization concluded the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies in June 2022. This new treaty establishes for the first time...

Self-Assessment Tool for the Implementation of the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement by IISD, 2022

This self-assessment tool has been developed to support World Trade Organization (WTO) members in their implementation of the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement. Public officials can use the tool to conduct...

Report of the Eighteenth Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade, 8 April-8 May, 7-9 & 20 June 2022

The Sub-Committee on Fish Trade was established by the Committee on Fisheries to serve as a multilateral consultation forum for discussions on the international trade of fisheries and aquaculture products....

Implementing the WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing and Least-Developed Country Members

The WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, adopted at the 12th Ministerial Conference, marks a major step forward for ocean sustainability by prohibiting harmful fisheries subsidies, which are a key factor...

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022: Towards blue transformation by FAO

The 2022 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture coincides with the launch of the Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals, the United Nations Decade of...

WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: Draft Ministerial Decision of 17 June, 2022,Geneva, WT/MIN(22)/W/22

This document is a draft ministerial decision of agreement on fisheries subsidies derived at the Twelfth Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference, Geneva, 12-15 June 2022. It describes protocol amending...

MC12 Outcome Document – Draft, 16 June 2022 (WT/MIN(22)/W/16/Rev.1)

MC12 Outcome Document – Draft, 16 June 2022 (WT/MIN(22)/W/16/Rev.1)

Draft Ministerial Declaration on the WTO Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic and Preparedness for Future Pandemics

Draft Ministerial Declaration on the WTO Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic and Preparedness for Future Pandemics, Ministerial Conference Twelfth Session Geneva, 12-15 June 2022

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference Statements by members and observers

This webpage contains pre-recorded and written statements submitted by ministers and heads of delegation. WTO members and observers were asked to submit these statements ahead of the 12th Ministerial Conference...

Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies Draft Text (WT/MIN(22)/W/20), 10 June 2022

This Agreement applies to subsidies, within the meaning of Article 1.1 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement) that are specific within the meaning of Article 2...