Scientists urging members to reach MC12 fishing subsidies agreement present letter to DG Okonjo-Iweala

Nearly 400 ocean experts from around the world on 5 November presented a letter to Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala calling on the world’s governments to agree on new global rules to curb harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO’s upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which starts at the end of this month. The Director-General has shared the letter with the WTO membership and called it a strong reminder for WTO members to conclude the long-running negotiations and help prevent the depletion of marine fish stocks and biodiversity.