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Part V: Game-Changing Diplomacy



The diplomats who are working to protect our oceans.

This year, the future of squid and the oceans in general is being determined by a relatively small group of diplomats and representatives who are working on new agreements to regulate the laws of the oceans. With new incentives to curb fishing subsidies, new marine protected areas, and new laws for the high seas, collectively these agreements could have a major impact on the health of the Earth’s oceans and the viability of all fishing stocks.

Today on The Catch we go behind the scenes—first to the United Nations, where we meet up with Lisa Speer from the Natural Resources Defense Council and learn about the work she’s doing to help shape U.N. negotiations over a new treaty governing the high seas. Next we hear from Matt Rand, an oceans expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts, on what it takes to get various sides to come together to create and expand marine protected areas.

Finally, host Ruxandra Guidi speaks with Rashid Sumaila, a fisheries economist, and the World Trade Organization’s Santiago Wills about a new agreement on subsidies that’s been decades in the making.

About The Catch:  The next time you order up some calamari, stop for a minute and think. Where does this actually come from? This summer, Foreign Policy is partnering with the Walton Family Foundation to bring you a new podcast: The Catch. Each episode offers a behind the scenes look at the current state of global fishing by tracking squid—from the waters off the coast of Peru to the processing plants, all the way to the restaurants, and finally to your plate. Join us as we learn what squid tells us about the state of our oceans. Follow and listen to The Catch wherever you get your podcasts.  See All Episodes


More The Catch episodes:

Part VI: The Fate of Fishing

How consumers should think about their seafood.

Part IV: The High Seas

What’s being done to curb illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.

Part III: Who’s in Charge?

Tracing the journey of squid—a $500 million industry in Peru—hundreds of miles from home isn’t as simple as it seems.

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