NEW ZEALAND CALLS FOR BAN ON FISHING SUBSIDIES

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 29) - New Zealand has called for a complete ban on all state subsidies deemed to encourage over-fishing.

The proposal was put to negotiators at the World Trade Organization, which is seeking accord on how to limit state aids to fishing.

New Zealand was backed by a number of WTO members, including Chile, Peru, Norway and the United States.

Major Asian fishing nations such as Japan and South Korea firmly rejected the plan.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization says 75 percent of the world's commercially important fish stocks are either fully fished, overexploited, depleted or just slowly recovering.

April 29, 2004

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