Spain Tops EU Fishing 'Overcapacity' Ranking


06/25/2009 - EU subsidies have been fuelling the overcapacity of Europe's fishing fleets, according to new research by the Pew Environment Group, which found that almost half of EU fisheries funding goes to Spain.

"Rather than encouraging sustainable fishing, subsidies have contributed to ever-greater capacity of fishing fleets and in turn to the depletion of valuable fish stocks," said Markus Knigge, research director of the Pew Environment Group's European marine programme.

Knigge was speaking yesterday (24 June) prior to the launch today of, a new websiteexternal put together by Pew and EU Transparency to "allow decision-makers and the public to see in detail how and where EU fishing subsidies have been spent," according to the two NGOs.

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