Yes, it also happens in the U.S. that fishermen get help from the government!
According to "The Patriot Ledger" (Quincy, Massachusetts) "The state Division of Marine Fisheries is issuing payments by electronic fund transfers and checks today to owners of more than 500 commercial fishing boats in the state to divide $11.3 million in subsidies for boats with federal permits."
This federal subsidy was hard fought by Senator John Kerry, supported by Senator E. Kennedy.
For those interested I recommend the following articles:
In the The Patriot Ledger" (Quincy, Massachusetts)
Today's the Day: Fishermen Get Money ; More Than $1M Heading to South Shore Owners of Commercial Boats
In the Boston Globe (June 10, 2008)
Fishing industry to get $13.4m in aid
In the "Wicked Local Manchester" Beverly, Massachusetts (Jun 09, 2008)
Tarr says federal fish aid is critical
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