Secure Fisheries Joins Global Call to End Subsidies to Distant Water Fishing Fleets

Subsidies for distant water fishing fleets lead to overfishing say 296 scientists. IUU Fishing. Stop funding overfishing.

Today in Science Magazine, 296 scientists, including Dr. Sarah Glaser, director of OEF’s Secure Fisheries program, have called on the World Trade Organization to end harmful fisheries subsidies in order to stop overfunding fishing. According to the scientists, “An effective agreement must eliminate subsidies for fuel, distant-water and destructive fishing fleets, and illegal and unregulated vessels in line with the aims of SDG 14.6.” The science is clear: fuel and other fisheries subsidies to the world’s distant water fishing nations causes overfishing and threatens global seafood supplies. Importantly, artisanal and small-scale fisheries can and should receive targeted subsidies to support their livelihoods when sustainable fishing practices are in place. The WTO has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect the world’s fisheries. Follow and contribute to the campaign with #StopFundingOverfishing on social media and read the letter here