WTO members debate definition of ‘artisanal’ fishers to be exempted from subsidy ban

Lincoln Wylie

Ecuador has floated a proposal at the Earth Trade Corporation (WTO) on the need to have to determine what qualifies as ‘artisanal fishing’ that need to be exempted from prohibition of subsidies connected to overfishing.

The proposal immediately normally takes on India’s suggestion, centered on which the latest negotiations on carve-outs are having position, that all fishers in building countries and Least Developed Nations around the world (LDCs) fishing inside of territorial waters, defined as 12 nautical miles from the shore, need to be qualified for the exemption.

“At a new assembly of the WTO’s negotiating group on policies (fisheries subsidies), some users backed Ecuador’s proposal on the need to have to have some essential parameters for fishers to qualify as artisanal and hence be permitted to keep on with the subsidy programmes. But there have been many others who wanted to stick to the solution that was in the

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