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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Trading Away Our Oceans: Why Trade Liberalization of Fisheries must be Abandoned
The authors claim this report shows the real and negative conservation and development impacts of trade liberalisation in fish and fishery products. Further liberalisation will, they believe, speed up the pace of over-fishing, further increase unsustainable aquaculture production, and have devastating consequences for fish, the wider marine environment, developing countries and poor people who depend on fish as their primary source of protein. Instead of pursuing further liberalisation, the report suggests states should ensure existing international law is implemented fully and establish new rules to ensure sustainable and equitable management of the high seas. Furthermore, developing countries must be provided with the capacity and know-how to establish and enforce effective fisheries management regimes in their own waters.
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Impacts/Environment, biodiversity and fish stocks
Issues/International trade / WTO