Fisheries negotiations at WTO

Current statements and analysis from civil society

Protecting the Problem – Fisheries subsidies negotiations and the WTO (17 March 2021)

Call to Halt Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations in the Middle of the COVID 19 Crisis: English, Spanish, French. Response from WTO DG Azevêdo.

Older but still relevant

Fisheries subsidies negotiations and development in the World Trade Organization (2019)

Market access the true aim of WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations: English, Spanish (2018)

Quote sheet and video: Civil Society Experts Outline What Is Needed to Protect the Development Mandate in Agriculture and Fisheries-Subsidies Negotiations in MC11: English, Spanish. (2017)

Analysis regarding fisheries subsidies negotiations: English: pdf, doc. French: pdf, doc. Spanish: pdf, doc. (2017)

News and Updates on the Negotiations

Fisheries talks deadlocked over specific carve-out to major subsidizers
by D. Ravi Kanth (23 Mar 21)

Protecting the Problem - Fisheries subsidies negotiations and the World Trade Organization
by Adam Wolfenden & Ranja Sengupta (17 Mar 21)

Reverse S&DT to major subsidizers in fisheries disciplines
by D. Ravi Kanth (17 Mar 21)

Members sharply divided on WTO reform, fisheries subsidies & JSIs
by D. Ravi Kanth (01 Mar 21)

"Tug of war" between major subsidizers on fisheries & non-polluters
by D. Ravi Kanth (26 Feb 21)

Rules chair admits to concerns on lack of work program on fisheries
by D. Ravi Kanth (15 Feb 21)

South countries call for exception on artisanal fishing, oppose NVCs
by D. Ravi Kanth (26 Jan 21)

Rules Chair issues second revised draft text on fisheries subsidies
by D. Ravi Kanth (23 Dec 20)

Members remain far apart on chair's questions on IUU fishing
by D. Ravi Kanth (03 Dec 20)

Concerns over Chair's questions on structure of S&DT in fisheries
by D. Ravi Kanth (01 Dec 20)

Attempts at reverse S&DT to industrial-scale fishing subsidizers
by D. Ravi Kanth (27 Nov 20)

Concerns over chair's attempt to conclude fisheries deal by year-end
by D. Ravi Kanth (26 Nov 20)

Rules Chair accelerates fisheries talks to reach deal by 20 December
by D. Ravi Kanth (25 Nov 20)

Attempts to finalize "symbolic" agreement on fisheries by year-end
by D. Ravi Kanth (17 Nov 20)

Rules chair increases pace of fisheries talks through new revised text
by D. Ravi Kanth (04 Nov 20)

Rules chair to issue revised text on fisheries subsidies next week
by D. Ravi Kanth (29 Oct 20)

Rules chair accelerates fisheries talks despite COVID-19 crisis
by D. Ravi Kanth (21 Oct 20)

Concerns voiced over attempts to convene fisheries talks virtually
by D. Ravi Kanth (16 Oct 20)

Differing views on chair's attempts to increase pace of fisheries talks
by D. Ravi Kanth (14 Oct 20)

Rules chair to hold another round of fisheries talks from 5 October
by D. Ravi Kanth (02 Oct 20)

Rules chair suffers setback over proposed fisheries deal
by D. Ravi Kanth (01 Oct 20)

Rules chair to convene urgent meeting on proposed fisheries deal
by D. Ravi Kanth (29 Sept 20)

South calls for addressing scope & sequencing issues in fisheries text
by D. Ravi Kanth (22 Sept 20)

COVID-19: Concerns over limited resources to participate in fisheries talks
by D. Ravi Kanth (16 Sept 20)

Rules Chair to intensify fisheries talks amid COVID-19
by D. Ravi Kanth (14 Sept 20)

South calls for extending deadline to conclude fisheries deal to MC12
by D. Ravi Kanth (23 Jul 20)

Rules Chair issues draft consolidated text on fisheries subsidies
by D. Ravi Kanth (29 Jun 20)

South concerned over plans to accelerate talks on fisheries subsidies
by D. Ravi Kanth (17 Jun 20)

CSOs call on WTO DG to halt the fisheries negotiations
by D. Ravi Kanth (06 Apr 20)

WTO updates from SUNS (Geneva): MC 12, Ecommerce, Fisheries Subsidies
by D. Ravi Kanth (26 Mar 20)

Rules Chair issues first draft on overcapacity & overfishing
by D. Ravi Kanth (17 Mar 20)

South nations insist on S&DT in fisheries subsidies agreement
by D. Ravi Kanth (19 Feb 20)

Agreement on fisheries subsidies at MC12 remains doubtful
by D. Ravi Kanth (18 Feb 20)
 

Mere exchange of ideas in fisheries talks in absence of a chair
by D. Ravi Kanth (18 Sept 19)
 

WTO Members remain divided over new chair for fisheries talks
by D. Ravi Kanth (12 Sept 19)
 

Rules Chair clarifies on status of fisheries texts by facilitators
by D. Ravi Kanth (15 Jul 19)
 

WTO Rules Group takes up some fresh ideas in fisheries talks
by Kanaga Raja (23 Jan 19)
 

South countries sharply concerned over role of IGs in fisheries talks
by D. Ravi Kanth (23 Nov 18)
 

WTO Members debate how to organise work on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (05 Feb 18)
 

US blocks outcomes, collapsing WTO ministerial conference like house of cards
by D. Ravi Kanth (15 Dec 17)
 

MC11 fails, and ends in disarray
by Chakravarthi Raghavan (15 Dec 17)
 

South insists post-MC11 work based on DDA, but facilitators omit DDA
by D. Ravi Kanth (14 Dec 17)
 

MC11 ending amidst endless frustration of large majority of South
by D. Ravi Kanth (14 Dec 17)
 

With US intransigent, MC11 may end with Chair statement
by D. Ravi Kanth (14 Dec 17)
 

Streamlined texts emerge on IUU fishing, overfished stocks
by Kanaga Raja (24 Nov 17)
 

South nations throw down gauntlet on e-com at MC11
by D. Ravi Kanth (24 Nov 17)
 

'Integrated text' now expected on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (13 Oct 17)
 

CSOs urge WTO Members to abandon expansionist agenda
by Kanaga Raja (11 Oct 17)
 

MC11 will be scene for fierce US vs South battle
by D. Ravi Kanth (11 Oct 17)
 

South nations insist on reference to DWP in fisheries accord at MC11
by D. Ravi Kanth (15 Sept 17)
 

Spotlight remains on trade issues
by Martin Khor (28 Aug 17)
 

WTO Rules Chair issues 'matrix' paper on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (03 Aug 17)
 

EU, Indonesia table revised proposals on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (17 Jul 17)
 

New proposal on fisheries to undermine S&DT flexibilities
by D. Ravi Kanth (05 May 17)
 

Resistance to accelerated talks on fisheries subsidies, e-commerce
by D. Ravi Kanth (10 Apr 17)
 

Rules Chair to hold focused sessions on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (08 Mar 17)
 

LDCs table proposal on fisheries subsidies disciplines
by Kanaga Raja (26 Jan 17)
 

Rules Group discusses three new proposals on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (20 Dec 16)
 

Shining a spotlight on the 2030 Agenda
by Kanaga Raja (01 Nov 16)
 

US strikes another body blow to WTO system at Rules talks
by D. Ravi Kanth (05 Jul 16)
 

US vs China and India showdown on fisheries subsidies
by D. Ravi Kanth (22 Jun 15)

Malaysia, ACP Group table proposals on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (17 Mar 11)

Divergent views on sunset reviews at Rules talks
by Kanaga Raja (09 Mar 11)

WTO Rules Group takes up proposals on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (22 Feb 11)

Rules Group discusses new proposal on S&DT in fisheries
by Kanaga Raja (19 May 10)

Rules Group concludes discussion on fisheries roadmap
by Kanaga Raja (17 Dec 09)

Rules Group discusses fisheries subsidy issues in Chair's road-map
by Kanaga Raja (09 Nov 09)

WTO Rules Group discusses Chair's text on fisheries subsidies
by Kanaga Raja (08 Apr 09)

Trade: Rules Group takes up elements of fisheries subsidies disciplines
by Kanaga Raja (14 May 08)

Trade: WTO Rules text curbs fisheries subsidies, tightens AD rules
by Kanaga Raja (10 Dec 07)  

WTO Rules Group discusses fisheries subsidies, anti-dumping
by Kanaga Raja (01 Nov 07)