The first, titled "Doha negotiation on Fisheries Subsidies", discusses the nature of the disciplines being discussed at the WTO negotiating group on "Rules". The author of the posting, Junji Nakagawa, highlights the fact that these disciplines wiil be "[...] different from the disciplines on subsidies under the SCM Agreement, whose aims at addressing trade-distorting subsidies. If adopted, the Annex will open a new page in the history of trade and environment under the GATT/WTO by introducing direct disciplines on overcapacity and overfishing".
The second points to a conference given by Margaret Young (Pembroke College, Lauterpach Centre for International for international Law, University of Cambridge) on "Preemting international law's fragmentation through regime interaction: the WTO and fisheries subsidies".
Here are the links to the posts:
Here is the link to the official press release:
Fisheries subsidies: A review of the issues, actors and arenas as they relate to the doha mandate of the WTO
The paper can be found at the following web address:
More information on the article and the journal can be found at:
The fund, which is also implemented for other industries, is run by an independent body financed by the participants.
The competition and "state aid" wacht-dog ESA (EEA Surveillance Authority) has concluded after scrutinising the Norwegian scheme that this is a "green" subsidy.
For more information about the scheme:
Here is the ESA report:
For more information about ESA:
It seems that the Philippino government is allowing tuna companies to import fuel directly. According to the Philippino press tuna companies would be allowed to import fuel from say, Malaysia, where it is cheaper (37 Peso/liter) than in the Philippines.
Furthermore tuna company discussed at the 10th National Tuna Congress a resolution asking the government for a 5 Peso per liter subsidy on petroleum products.
There have been also calls by politicians (e.g. Senate President Manny Villar) to "extend fuel discount, livelihood support and loans for the purchase of second-hand vessels to affected fishermen, while also pushing for the review of the Oil Deregulation Law.
Hereunder are links to the Philippino press and to a press release by Senator Villar: