Saturday, 15 January 2011

Hugh's Fish Fight

If you didn't watch Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 3 one-hour programmes this last week, please do so using 4od.  Then visit the website and sign the petition.

Essentially, he's drawing attention to the fact that the EU fish quota policy is forcing fisherman to discard half the North Sea catch dead into the sea, throwing away millions of tons of good fish, in order to conform to a badly formulated law.

Once a trawler has caught it's annual quota of cod, for instance, it can't just stop fishing, because the men still need to make a livelihood, but the trawl doesn't distinguish types of fish, so up will come loads more cod.  Most of these are already dead by the time they're dumped on the deck, but they still have to go back into the sea because the trawlermen are not allowed to land them.

It's completely insane.  There has to be a better way than this.

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