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Fish: a net loss for the poor?

Overfishing is fast turning the world's seas into dead wastes, destroying jobs and threatening the livelihoods and health of millions of people in the South.

In March 1995 ministers from over 80 countries met in Rome to discuss this 'fisheries crisis.' A code of conduct for responsible fisheries was at the head of the agenda.

This report examines the issues discussed at the meeting and the arguments made by some observers that without legally binding agreements the crisis would only deepen, with severe repercussions for the South.

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