Overfishing, Overfished Stocks, and the Current WTO Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies

Brief
Date period
9 April 2018

The decline of global fish stocks has implications for both the food security and the livelihoods of many communities around the world. A World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on the prohibition of harmful fisheries subsidies, currently under negotiation, could make an important contribution to the sustainability of global fisheries. This information note aims to clarify key fisheries management concepts relevant to the ongoing WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies, in order to support progress towards new rules.