UK fishermen are being forced by an EU regulation to throw back nearly half of every haul into the sea. (The fish are dead when they’re thrown back.) Watch Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s fight to stop it: Channel 4 on 11th (tomorrow), 12th and 13th January.
So far, to meet these EU rules, fishing vessels in England and Wales have discarded 4.8 million cod, 3.9 million haddock, 4.9m plaice ,737,000 sole and 17 million whiting in the last 10 years, according to Govt. statistics. What a flippin waste! Makes my blood boil.
Here’s the blurb on the Channel 4 programme for you. Most people really don’t understand the extent of the problems in the fishing industry. Since fish is an important food for us, it is important we protect the industry as much as we can so I would advise you to watch it if you can:
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall embarks on a new campaign to save our fishies in this three-part special for Channel 4’s Fish Season.
Hoping to raise awareness of diminishing fish stocks, Hugh works to find a solution to this global problem. Scientists believe that if action isn’t taken soon, certain sea favourites may be non-existent for future generations.
Focusing on the three species most widely consumed in the UK – cod, salmon and tuna – Hugh leaves no stone unturned in his mission to understand what is happening to the British fishing industry. In the process he is horrified to learn that up to half of all fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back dead. Hugh also investigates the supermarkets’ claims – what exactly does ‘protecting the marine environment’ mean?
Determined to help conserve fish stocks, Hugh launches an online campaign which you can all sign up to, and takes on the supermarkets, the politicians, and the public in one almighty Fish Fight. Go to fishfight.net to get involved!
Source: Daily Express 8.1.11.