September 22, 2023

Members prepare for line-by-line negotiations on draft fisheries subsidies text in October

At the fifth Fish Week held on 18-22 September, WTO members expressed broad support for using the draft text on curbing subsidies contributing to overcapacity and overfishing issued earlier this month as the starting point for text-based negotiations, said Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson of Iceland, chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, at the end of the week. He intends to dedicate the next Fish Week in October to a collective reading of the text so members can suggest specific textual modifications, he added.

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