Distinguished experts Prof. Gordon R. Munro, Emeritus Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics; Mr. James Brown, First Secretary of the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the WTO; and Mr. Tomas Baert, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the EU to the WTO presented the state of play in world capture fisheries; role of regional cooperation in managing fisheries capture;subsidies reform to minimize, if not avoid, unsustainable practices; andefforts underway to facilitate trade in sustainably harvested fish and fisheries products through capacity building and technical assistance to developing countries.

The panel of discussants consisted of Dr. Gellwynn Jusuf, Director General of Capture Fisheries of the Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries; Ms. Mere Falemaka, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO; and Prof. Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide. Prof. Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla, CATIF Fellow, moderated the discussion. They discussed the steps required toensure the sustainability of fish stocks;improve the capacity of the industry to enter global markets and enhance the livelihood of local communities; andenable regional cooperation to better support the global trade regime.