April 11, 2023

Whitehouse Applauds United States Formally Submitting Acceptance to International Fisheries Agreement

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today applauded news that the United States has formally submitted its acceptance of the World Trade Organization’s new Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies.

“This agreement is an important step towards leveling the playing field for the domestic fishing industry and cracking down on illegal fishing practices,” said Whitehouse.  “I applaud the Biden administration on this historic step and look forward to our continued partnership to expand the agreement.”

Last June, Whitehouse and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling on the United States Trade Representative to seek a meaningful international agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies.

Whitehouse co-founded the bipartisan Senator Oceans Caucus along with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).  The Caucus works to find common ground in protecting oceans and coasts. Thanks to the Caucus’s leadership, Congress has taken steps to guard against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.


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