Fisheries Subsidies Reform Could Reduce Overfishing and Illegal Fishing Case Studies Find

Date: July 24, 2020

Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

New World Trade Organization rules would help ocean, local fleets, and coastal communities

Overfishing is one of the greatest threats to ocean health, yet for decades many governments have paid subsidies to their fishing fleets, helping them fish beyond levels that are biologically sustainable. It’s time to end these harmful subsidies, some of which even support illegal fishing activities. Now, new case studies show that World Trade Organization (WTO) measures to end those harmful payments could help local fishers while increasing global catch.   

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