Negotiations on fisheries subsidies
The Doha Ministerial Conference launched negotiations to clarify and improve WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies, and at the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference in 2005 there was broad agreement on strengthening those disciplines, including through a prohibition of certain forms of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing. The challenge now facing the negotiators is to develop stronger rules while respecting the important policy concerns of WTO members, particularly developing and least-developed countries.
The Doha negotiating mandate, 2001
Section on fisheries subsidies in the 2001 Doha Ministerial Declaration
The Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration, 2005
Text of para 9-11 of Annex D of the Declaration
Recent submissions from delegations on fisheries subsidies