"Ludicrous" EU fishing subsidies attacked

Green group details continuing growth, wide variations in support as ministers meet in Brussels

EU governments have been accused of offering a patchwork of environmentally damaging fishing subsidies, as fisheries ministers gather in Brussels to discuss stocks in crisis and system reforms. Support for new or modernised fishing vessels still outstrips that for reducing fishing effort, and subsidies vary enormously between countries, WWF said yesterday.

The environmental group timed its intervention to coincide with the latest meeting of EU fisheries ministers. Talks with the European Commission and Danish presidency began today, to be followed by a formal council meeting on Thursday.

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