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Caught out – The Way Forward for Fishing Subsidies
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    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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  • Languages English
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    Fisheries subsidies,Friends of Fish,UNEP,WTO,Overfishing,Developing countries,Fishing capacity,Fishing effort,Sustainable fisheries

  • Description
  • This short UNEP documentary draws the attention of the viewer to the causes of overfishing, the role of fisheries subsidies and approaches to fisheries reform. Spearheaded by another informal group of members calling themselves “Friends of Fish”(including Australia, Chile, Ecuador, Iceland, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines and the United States), the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Trade Organisation collaborated on reaching an international agreement of regulating fisheries subsidies. About 90 percent of the large predatory fish stock have been depleted in the last 50 years, 60 percent of cod stocks have been exhausted in the last 40 years and 80 percent of the fish population has been fully or over-exploited. The film also points out the need for special and differential treatment for developing countries, in order to ensure that new rules would not represent a hindrance to the sustainable development of their fisheries. The movie also lays down the vital role of sustainability criteria for subsidies, which would be exempt from a prohibition.
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