Current approaches for addressing overfishing flawed: India at the WTO.

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Economy, Topic: Trade and External sector, Issue: Fisheries Subsidies

Context: WTO negotiation session on fisheries subsidies in the Abu Dhabi Ministerial Conference-13.

Fisheries Subsidies:

  • India urged for a moratorium on subsidies for fishing beyond the exclusive economic zone (EEZs).
  • Current approaches for addressing “Over Capacity and Over Fishing” (OCOF) are deeply flawed.
  • Any agreement on fisheries subsidies should be built on the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR- RC).
  • Sovereign rights of members for sustainable management of fisheries within their Exclusive Economic Zones should be protected.

Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies – Geneva Package MC 12 : Prohibited harmful fisheries subsidies that contribute to overfishing and depletion of fish stocks.

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS):

An international agreement that establishes a legal framework for all marine and maritime activities.



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