Many Swedish fishermen have applied for subsidies to scrap their boats.

In the UK it is estimated that 20% of west coast fishermen would welcome a similar scheme.

The European Union has given three quarters of the funds to the decommissioning programme in Sweden, which aims to reduce Sweden's capacity to catch cod by 50% by 2015.

Many Swedish fishermen have applied for subsidies to scrap their boats.

In the UK it is estimated that 20% of west coast fishermen would welcome a similar scheme.

The European Union has given three quarters of the funds to the decommissioning programme in Sweden, which aims to reduce Sweden's capacity to catch cod by 50% by 2015.

The 45 applications filed totalled almost €25 million, slightly more than has been allotted, which means that the Board of Fisheries now will decide which ones will be granted, with the general goal of attaining the biggest possible capacity reduction at the lowest possible cost. Vessels with permits to fish the Kattegat, where the state of the cod stock is worst, will have highest priority.

In the UK, John Hermse, secretary of Mallaig and North West Fishermen's Association, said a desire to leave the industry could be found across all sectors.

UK Marine and Natural Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said he European Commission's one size fits all approach to fishing may not work on the west coast and different ways of managing the seas could be needed.

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