Billions in Subsidies Prop up Unsustainable Overfishing

Billions in Subsidies Prop up Unsustainable Overfishing

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Photo source: ©© Baban Shyam

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Calls are mounting for the world’s big fishing powers to stop subsidising international fleets that use destructive methods like bottom trawling in foreign coastal waters, drastically reducing the catch of local artisanal fishers who use nets and fishing lines.

The U.N. report, entitled “Fisheries and the Right to Food“, notes that international conventions ranging from the Law of Sea to the World Trade Organisation have long called for the ban of subsidies to fleets that fish unsustainably, as most today do…

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Fishing trawler. West African waters have been subject to overfishing for decades, the effects of which are being felt by local communities. The trawler is a prime example of how the size of fishing vessels are completely at odds with what fisheries can sustain. Captions and Photo source: © Pierre Gleizes /Greenpeace

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