14 Sep '11, 3pm

Europe's Bad Habit of Fishing for Jobs

Can Europe end its lamentable habit of using a variety of costly subsidies to prop up unsustainable fishing fleets? The European Union fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, wants this, as she made vividly clear in a speech in July as she issued proposed reforms . Marine conservation groups want it even more, chief among them Oceana, which released a report yesterday tallying the various subsidies and mapping the intense fishing pressure that this level of government support produces. Here’s one of the more jarring findings: Thirteen EU countries had more fishing subsidies than the value of the landings of fish in their ports. Here’s a detail from Oceana’s map of different countries’ globe-spanning fishing efforts. The report notes that half of the estimated $4.5 billion in subsidies in 2009 were for fuel costs, enabling globe-spanning fishing trips. Click the map or this...

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