WTO must ban harmful fisheries subsidies

Ussif Rashid Sumaila, Bryce Donald Stewart

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Sustainably managed wild fisheries support food and nutritional security, livelihoods, and cultures (1). Harmful fisheries subsidies—government payments that incentivize overcapacity and lead to overfishing—undermine these benefits yet are increasing globally (2). World Trade Organization (WTO) members have a unique opportunity at their ministerial meeting in November to reach an agreement that eliminates harmful subsidies (3). We—a group of scientists spanning 46 countries and 6 continents—urge the WTO to make this commitment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544
Number of pages1
Issue number6567
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

There were 297 authors in total. Only the lead and myself have been listed in this entry


  • Fisheries
  • Subsidies
  • Overfishing
  • Fisheries management
  • Biodiversity
  • Trade
  • World Trade Organisation

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