Fishing has been encouraged by governments even when no longer profitable. By 1989, the value of the worldwide catch was $72 billion, but the operating costs of the 3 million fishing vessels were $92 billion. The shortfall was made good by government subsidies. Nations cannot agree on how much fishing to sacrifice, or on how to share the loss among nations. Instead, the national policies have been to take as many fish as possible and accuse others of overfishing or mismanaging their fishing stocks.