Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations

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Three papers presented at a meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific Fisheries and Trade experts in April 2003. The meeting’s primary concerns were the future of relations between the ACP and the EU, and preparing ACP countries for Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

The first paper, ‘The Future of European UnionACP Fisheries Relations’, looks at the increasingly complex ACP/EU relationship. The second, ‘WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable Management’, outlines a possible fisheries framework agreement. The third paper, ‘Elements of an ACPEU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Arrangements’, looks at the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, considers the impact they will have on developing countries and suggests riskmitigation strategies.



The Post-Doha Fisheries Negotiations and the Concerns of Small Developing Coastal States

What then should be the concerns of small developing coastal states with regard to the negotiation of possible new disciplines in the fisheries sector? For over 200 years developed countries have provided subsidies to their fisheries sector as part of a mercantilist policy of development of fisheries, maritime transport, food security and national defence. Now these subsidies, correctly or otherwise, are seen as undermining fisheries sustainability and hence are about to be subjected to possibly entirely new disciplines. There remains considerable disagreement in the Negotiating Group on Rules on the need for new disciplines and whether the provisions of the ASCM are adequate.


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