There is defintiely something going on with fisheries subsidies in realtion to the preparations for the Rio +20 conference.
The "Global Campaign for Climate Action" organised a side event on 30 April 2012, at the UN Headquarters in New York, titled "From harmful subsidies to safe subsidies".
One of the speakers was Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Director of the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and the Fisheries Economics Research Unit. He discussed fisheries subsidies.
So, we have now, in addition to "the bad, the good and the ugly" (this is how Dr. Sumaila has categorised fish sibsidies), a new category: the "safe"!
Here are a number of links on this event: