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Neal, Blumenauer Statement on U.S. Acceptance of the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement

Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) applauded United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai’s signing and presentation of the United States’ instrument of acceptance of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies:  

“Cracking down on illegal fisheries subsidies protects our natural resources, curbs overfishing, and holds bad actors accountable. We commend Ambassador Tai for her leadership and work to make the United States one of the early adopters of this historic agreement, the first environmental agreement at the WTO. This agreement represents a major step to protect the world’s fisheries but more must be done to combat overfishing and overcapacity and to root out forced labor from the fishing sector. We urge other WTO members to follow suit, to build on the success of the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference, and to strive toward consensus on joint efforts to address these challenges in the lead up to MC13.”


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