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The World Trade Organization reached an agreement on fisheries subsidies, prohibiting member countries from funding illegal fishing and fishing of overexploited stocks at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva on June 17. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool Photo/Keystone via AP)

We have a deal. Can we now talk about some not-so-harmful fisheries subsidies?

There is a need for nuanced discussions around the role of fisheries subsidies — even those that may be nominally harmful — to avoid further inequity and marginalization of small-scale fishers.
Tracking the journey of tuna from the seas around Thailand to Australian supermarket shelves shows modern slavery is a pervasive problem. Shutterstock.com

Almost every brand of tuna on supermarket shelves shows why modern slavery laws are needed

Just one brand of tinned tuna in Australian supermarkets is able to confidently claim slavery was not involved in its supply.
A fisherman checks his fish corral nets in the Cau Hai lagoon, Vietnam. Mark Andrachuk

Lessons for sustainable fisheries are hiding in plain sight

When it comes to small-scale fisheries, there is no one route to sustainability. Finding success stories can help map those paths.
Villagers enjoying the evening fishing in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. (Colette Wabnitz)

Less money, more problems – trying to get fisheries right

Sustainable fisheries tick all the boxes. They can fill your belly and your wallet, and generate less CO2 than conventional agriculture. So why is some integral funding for marine fisheries falling?
For the global tuna industry, which has historically struggled with illegal and environmentally dubious fishing practices, the use of blockchain could be a turning point. WWF

How blockchain is strengthening tuna traceability to combat illegal fishing

Blockchain is now helping to bring much-needed transparency to the global tuna industry, which has been prone to corruption, human slavery and unsustainable fishing practices.

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