Hugh’s Fish Fight

In early 2013, River Cottage TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall aired 3 episodes on Channel 4 about the state of the world’s oceans, highlighting the threats that global fish populations face from over-fishing, trawlers, by-catch, and corrupt fishing industries.

Trawler in Bretagne (France) By Axel Rouvin

Trawler in Bretagne (France) By Axel Rouvin

The series sees Hugh travel from the Philippines to Thailand, visiting small-holder artisan fisheries, taking part in prawn farming, and boarding illegal trawlers. Hugh even travels to Antarctica and speaks to some of our British counterparts holding the fort in South Georgia. He meets blue whales, hump-backs, king penguins and fur seals, speaking of the need to protect these species through conserving our marine stocks.

But what’s happening here at home? The Fish Fight campaign was launched soon afterwards, whilst our government discuss the need to implement 127 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the coast of the UK. Unfortunately, environment minister Richard Benyon thinks that just 31 MCZs is substantial, with regard to the £8 million assessment that was spent assessing our marine habitats. As usual, there is an endless battle between the economy and the environment, fisherman VS fish.

Currently, a consultation run by DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs) which closes on the 31st of March, is seeking responses to the proposed implementation of the MCZs. Fearnley-Whittingstall is encouraging public signatures to help enforce the changes we need in the UK. Please follow the Fish Fight on twitter and facebook, and add your signature to the list! Fingers crossed…

What else can I do? Be an informed consumer and print one of these to keep in your bag with your cards.