Petition Closed
Petitioning WTO Ambassador Ron Kirk

Stop Overfishing Before the World's Oceans Collapse

16,884
Supporters

Many governments are paying their fishing fleets to fish longer, harder, and farther than would otherwise be possible. If this level of fishing continues, the fish we eat today could be gone within our lifetimes.

More than a billion people rely on the oceans for their main source of protein. What will happen to these people if the ocean is empty?

U.S. leadership is needed more now than ever before. Leading scientists project that the world’s commercial fish populations could be beyond recovery within decades if current trends continue. The United States must send a clear signal that a genuine “win” on fisheries subsidies remains a core priority of its international trade agenda.  

We need stricter limits on the billions of dollars of government subsidies that are driving the world’s oceans to collapse. Take action and urge the World Trade Organization to put a limit on fishery subsidies. Tell WTO Ambassador Ron Kirk we need to save our fish for the future. 

Letter to
WTO Ambassador  Ron Kirk
As America’s representative to the World Trade Organization, I want you to know that I strongly support establishing strict limits on the billions of dollars of government subsidies that are driving the world’s oceans to collapse.

While the world depends on the oceans for food and livelihood, many governments continue to provide subsidies to their fishing fleets to overfish our oceans. These subsidies push fleets to fish longer, harder and farther away than would otherwise be possible.

U.S. leadership is needed more now than ever before. Leading scientists project that the world’s commercial fish populations could be beyond recovery within decades if current trends continue. The United States must send a clear signal that a genuine “win” on fisheries subsidies remains a core priority of its international trade agenda.

America needs a WTO fisheries subsidies deal! We can not continue to allow subsidies to fish the world’s oceans to death.