USA: US Trade Representative R. Kirk and fisheries subsidies on Oceans Day

Another voice has been raised on Oceans Day on the need to conclude the WTO's Doha Development Round...because of a possible agreement on new disciplines on fisheries subsidies.

Ron Kirk, President's Obama Trade Representative, issued the following statement today:

"Last year, the United Nations first proclaimed June 8 as World Oceans Day. This observance is a time to reflect on the importance of the world's oceans to our planet's health. World Oceans Day is also a timely reminder of the many pressures the oceans face.

"Millions of people depend on the oceans for their food and livelihood, yet fish stocks are declining at an alarming rate due to fishing fleet overcapacity and overfishing. I am pleased that trade ministers play a constructive role in helping to address some of these challenges.

"In the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Development Agenda negotiations, the United States is a leader in pressing for stronger rules that prohibit harmful fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing. We will continue to seek an ambitious outcome in those negotiations, as well as explore other ways that trade policy can help the oceans support healthy fish stocks for generations to come."

And here is the link to the USTR's website with the statement:

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