22 Apr '11, 7pm

New WTO Report Emphasizes Need for Strong Rules to Rein in Fisheries Subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2011 - World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is applauding the strong language in a long-awaited report that a key World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiating body released today, which underscores the urgent need to halt government-subsidized overfishing. “This WTO report is a stark wake up call for anyone who cares about the future of our oceans and our fishing communities,” said WWF Senior Fellow David Schorr. “Governments have the power to stop using taxpayer money to promote fisheries depletion, so they need to act now to enact strong WTO rules to eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies.” The report, issued by the Chair of the WTO’s Negotiating Group on Rules, Ambassador Dennis Francis of Trinidad and Tobago, calls the dramatic decline in fisheries stocks “a crisis of exceptionally serious implications for all humankind”. The report notes broad agreement th...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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