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Hugh's Fish Fight

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"For the past few months, I have been travelling around the
UK meeting fishermen, marine conservationists, politicians, supermarkets
bosses, and of course fish-eating members of the public," says Hugh.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
experience, and how it has changed the way I think about fish are shown
in Hugh's Fish Fight (broadcast 11th, 12th, 13th January 2011), as part
of Channel 4's Big Fish Fight.

season featuring programmes from fellow chefs Gordon Ramsay, Heston
Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver, aims to champion sustainable seafood and
celebrate lesser known delicacies of the deep.

"This website, is the campaign hub accompanying Hugh's
Fish Fight and will be continuing its work over the coming months. Here
you can find out more about the issues raised in Hugh's Fish Fight and
lend your support to the campaign. You can also follow the progress of
Hugh's Fish Fight on Facebook and Twitter.

"Hugh's Fish Fight is supported by a wide coalition of environmental
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and, we hope, by a growing number
of fishermen and policy makers too. A vital part of the campaign, and
the area where we are currently looking for public support, is the issue
of discards at sea."


Around half of the fish caught by fishermen in the North Sea are unnecessarily thrown back into the ocean dead.

problem is that in a mixed fishery where many different fish live
together, fishermen cannot control the species that they catch.

for one species often means catching another, and if people don't want
them or fishermen are not allowed to land them, the only option is to
throw them overboard. The vast majority of these discarded fish will

Because discards are not monitored, it is difficult to know exactly
how many fish are being thrown away. The EU estimates that in the North
Sea, discards are between 40% and 60% of the total catch. Many of these
fish are species that have fallen out of fashion: we can help to prevent
their discard just by rediscovering our taste for them.

Others are prime cod, haddock, plaice and other popular food species
that are "over-quota". The quota system is intended to protect fish
stocks by setting limits on how many fish of a certain species should be

Fishermen are not allowed to land any over-quota fish;
if they accidentally catch them - which they can't help but do - there
is no choice but to throw them overboard before they reach the docks.


We need to diversify our fish eating habits, and we need to change policy so that it works for fish, fishermen and consumers.

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which is the political framework
for the quota system, is currently being reformed for 2012. Scientists
and environmental groups have suggested a number of ways that that the
policy can work to protect fish stocks. Some details of these can be
found on our solutions page.

Re-writing the Common Fisheries Policy is going to be an enormously
complicated business, and unfortunately there is no one easy solution to
ending discards. Many people agree that the answer will lie in a
combination of different ideas and policies.


Sign up to the campaign on the sign up page. You
will be writing directly to policy makers in Europe to let them know
that the unnecessary and unethical discarding of perfectly good fish
must stop. We can make a difference. If enough people sign up to the
campaign, they have to listen to us. We aim to get 250,000 signatures by
summer 2011.

Write to your MP to ask them to support the Fish Fight Early Day Motion.

Expand the s election of fish that you eat
by trying some of the lesser-known species of local fish currently
being discarded as trash. In the UK, cod, salmon and tuna account for
more than 50% of the fish that we consume, and tasty, exciting and
nutritious fish such as flounder, dab, coley and pouting are overlooked
and thrown away.

Spread the word, tell all of your friends and family about Hugh's Fish Fight and get them to sign the campaign too.

Together we can stop this ridiculous carnage. Join Hugh's Fish Fight now!

Thanks very much,

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall


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i watched it and was totally shocked about it, not that im surprised,

lets change the rules to help the cod stocks, but in doing so they are causing more harm, and then to top it off fish they have caught has to be dumped in fear of fines etc, worlds gone mad with all the people starving and job loss etc

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As an aside Jake, if I recall, Rochdale is in the middle of the Pennines. Where in the locality is your fishmonger going to get cod from? [:p]

Joking apart, this is a crazy situation. Just as crazy as the salmon farms feeding salmon with oily fish imported from South America. What a mad world we live in.

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I watched this last night. Sickening how they were throwing all those perfectly edible fish away[negative]

Once again it's the madness of the EU and it's bean counters. All they care about is money and how better they can profit. The world has indeed gone mad[:(]

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I whole heartedly support this campaign.

Waste like this is absolutely criminal, considering that there are still people in the world who don't have enough to eat.

What really got me though was that the Fisheries Minister said that the EU policy wasn't going to be looked at until 2012.

Why the hell do they need to wait another year?
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