Oceana board member and fisheries expert Dr. Daniel Pauly gave a presentation to the delegates of the World Trade Organization entitled “5 Easy Pieces: The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems.”
Oceana hosted a panel discussion at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum entitled “The Future of Trade and the Environment: Creating the WTO’s Solution for Trade, Development, and Sustainable Oceans.”
Actor and Oceana board member Ted Danson testified before the Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness of the Senate Committee on Finance about the negative impacts of fishing subsidies.
Fisheries experts joined together in Geneva to brief WTO delegates about the importance of global trade policy to assuring a future with sustainable seafood and healthy oceans.
The international scientific community has long recognized the importance of reducing fisheries subsidies. In July 2008, scientists from 16 countries urged the WTO to stop overfishing subsidies on billboards throughout Geneva.
World-renowned author and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Ocean Ambassador Claire Nouvian showcased a deep-sea exhibit at the World Trade Organization.
Ted Danson, an Oceans Advocate and award-winning actor, spoke about the state of the world's oceans at the Economic Club of Toronto on May 13, 2008.
Actor and Oceans Advocate Ted Danson gave a speech at the National Press Club Luncheon on February 14, 2008, in which he discussed the problems facing our oceans.
Oceana, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) convened a workshop in order to examine the draft text proposed by the chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Rules. Based on the workshop, they compiled a report entitled WTO Disciplines on Fisheries Subsidies: Elements of the Chair's Draft.
Briefing of WTO Delegates- May 24, 2007
Andrew Sharpless, CEO of Oceana, and Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Director of the Fisheries Economic Research Unit at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and co-author of “Catching More Bait: A Bottom-up Re-estimation of Global Fisheries” Subsidies, joined together to brief WTO delegates in Geneva on the state of the world's fisheries. Their presentations combine scientific and economic expertise to educate delegates about the dire state of the oceans and the need to take action to reverse the destructive behavior that is killing the oceans and their inhabitants. Sharpless and Sumaila delivered the message loud and clear that our oceans are at a tipping point and the most effective way to change course and salvage our fisheries is through the elimination of fisheries subsidies by the WTO.
“Our Oceans in Collapse”, Presentation by Andrew Sharpless
“Fisheries Subsidies: Magnitude and Impacts”, Presentation by Rashid Sumaila
In May 2007, 125 scientists from 27 countries sent a letter to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, calling upon him to lead the negotiations to a successful outcome. Their call to action brought a great deal of international attention to the issue.