Issues and Options for Disciplines on Subsidies to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

Date: July 20, 2017

Source: ICTSD
Author: Carl-Christian Schmidt

Negotiations at the World Trade Organization to establish disciplines on harmful fisheries subsidies have been reinvigorated in 2017 and include several proposals to discipline subsidies related to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

This reference paper identifies issues that have arisen in the negotiations on disciplines to subsides related to IUU fishing and provides information for reference, as well as options, that might be helpful to negotiators as they design new rules. It focuses in particular on the question of how IUU activity might be identified for the purpose of subsidy disciplines, including how regional fisheries management organisations establish lists of IUU vessels, and on the implications of using national legislation to identify IUU activity. The paper also addresses several specific questions relating to the application of the new disciplines.

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