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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Depletion of Oceans Demands an End to Fishing Subsidies

Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 by the Baltimore Sun
by Andrew Sharpless 
 
Little-noticed but enormously significant steps were taken recently in World Trade Organization negotiations to rid the world's fishing industry of government subsidies that provide incentives to fish the oceans to death.
 
For the first time since the launch of the WTO's current round of talks in 2001, member nations have moved beyond the consensus that many fishing subsidies lead to overfishing and destructive practices.
 
At least five countries have submitted detailed proposals on eliminating these subsidies, and serious negotiations are under way. It is a step beyond rhetoric toward resolution on what is the greatest single action that can be taken to ensure the future viability of ocean ecosystems and the bounty they produce.
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