29 August 2007


Fish are disappearing from the oceans, and fishers in developing countries are hauling in empty nets largely due to massive over-fishing by rich countries, fueled by billions in subsidies every year according to AVAAZ the community of global citizens who have come together to take action on the major issues facing the world today.

As well as being another example of unfair trade, it is destroying the oceans.

Already, 90% of big fish like tuna and marlin are gone. If nothing changes, it is predicted many fish populations will collapse beyond recovery, destroying ecosystems and harming the one billion humans who rely on fish as their main source of protein.

Next month, the WTO will come forward with a new proposal for global fishing rules. This month, the WTO is talking to finance ministers around the world about what those rules should be. That provides a critical window for concerned citizens to make a stand by telling their trade ministers to oppose subsidized over-fishing and support fairness and sustainability for generations to come.

You can add your name to an online petition at the above website.

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