Leading up to what will be one of the heaviest fisheries negotiating rounds in recent memory at the World Trade Organization, Oceana is in Geneva this week holding its Board of Directors meeting. Oceana is working to stop fishing subsidies by working with the WTO to produce new trade rules.
The board had a chance to meet with WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, and Oceana was also welcomed into the Australian Mission, where CEO Andrew Sharpless spoke briefly on the state of the oceans and how the WTO can help.
Board member and fisheries expert Dr. Daniel Pauly conducted several interviews during the week including with the Spanish newswire EFE, the Swiss newspaper Le Temps, an appearance on the news program le Journal and a radio segment on World Radio Switzerland along with Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless.
Dr. Pauly was not finished there. The Professor of the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and Zoology Department and former Director of the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre also held a workshop at the WTO open to diplomats which was based on his recent book “5 Easy Pieces: The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems.”
Check out some of the photos from Geneva below: