Government support, or subsidies, to the fishing industry can promote overfishing by increasing fishing effort artificially and making fishing more profitable than it would be without subsidies. Yet, the specific details of how much some countries, including the United States, are subsidizing their fishing industries are still not known. This project quantifies the amount of government subsidies given to the U.S. fishing industry on a regional level and evaluates their contribution to overfishing, habitat disruption and conservation.
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Sharp, R. and U.R. Sumaila. 2009. Quantification of U.S. Marine Fisheries Subsidies. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29(1): 18-32.
North American Journal of Fisheries Management paper