Skip to content
Environment, Foreign Affairs Trade

Treaties Committee recommends ratification of WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement

Parliament of Australia 2 mins read

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) has tabled a report recommending the ratification of the Protocol Amending the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies (Geneva, 17 June 2022).

The Agreement, which is noted as ‘a historic achievement’ by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is a significant advancement in ocean sustainability. The Agreement will prohibit harmful fisheries subsidies which contribute to the widespread depletion of the world’s fish stocks.  

Committee Chair Mr Josh Wilson MP said: “This is the first WTO agreement to focus on environmental sustainability and delivers on a key Sustainable Development Goal target. This is positive for the environment, for humankind and for the sustainability of the world’s fisheries.”

The Agreement specifically prohibits subsidies to a vessel or operator that is engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, in addition to subsidies for fishing of overfished stocks and unregulated high seas fishing.

Mr Wilson said: “The Committee notes the importance of addressing the sustainability of the world’s global marine capture fisheries resources. This is especially important in the Pacific region and it is very welcome that Australia worked in partnership with Pacific nations to realise those interests as part of the treaty negotiations.”

The Committee notes the value of the Fisheries Funding Mechanism which will support the implementation of the Agreement, to which Australia has already donated 2 million AUD, reflecting the importance of these issues to Australia. Notably, Australia was the first to make a pledge to the new mechanism.

The Committee held a public hearing as part of its inquiry into the Agreement and heard from Government and other stakeholders. The Committee notes the support of the Government for the Agreement.

The Committee supports ratification and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

The report can be found on the Committee website, along with further information on the inquiry.

Media inquiries

Mr Tim Watkin, Chief of Staff, Office of Josh Wilson MP
0434 555 823

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4002
jsct@aph.gov.au

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track this Committee’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

 

More from this category

  • Environment
  • 28/05/2024
  • 12:11
Warburton Environment

BREAKING: Community group files legal action with the Federal Court after endangered glider found killed by logging machinery

A case has been lodged in the Federal Court against the Victorian Government after a greater glider was found dead sparking outrage this month…

  • Contains:
  • Environment
  • 28/05/2024
  • 12:08
House of Representatives

Drowning in waste: Plastic pollution in Australia’s oceans and waterways report tabled

TheHouse of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Waterhas concluded its inquiry into plastic pollution in Australia’s oceans and waterways. The Committee’sfinal report, tabled today in Parliament, makes 22 recommendations aimed at strengthening Australia’s plastics management framework to minimise plastic waste to landfill, incentivise the use of recycled materials in the production of new plastics and strengthen management of the plastics that are already in the environment. Chair of the Committee,Mr Tony Zappia MP,said ‘Without urgent action, plastic waste will increase and continue to negatively impact our oceans and waterways. Australia needs to act now to protect…

  • Environment
  • 27/05/2024
  • 16:07
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

WETEX 2024 Receives Applications for Participants and Exhibitors From All Over the World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–BUSINESS WIRE– Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has started receiving applications from exhibitors and companies to participate in the 26th…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.