I’m a generally happy-go-lucky type of person, I tend to have a positive outlook on life and as a result there aren’t many things that really get me riled. This week was an exception as I channel hopped and came across Hugh’s Fish Fight on Channel 4.
I don’t know what it was that caught my attention (excuse the pun), but I decided to stick with the channel and watch the program. I thought it would in some way, have some association with food, which it did.
The programme, presented by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall of River Cottage fame, was broadcast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week as part of Channel 4’s Big Fish Fight.
The programme shows Hugh travelling the UK, meeting fisherman, politicians, supermarket bosses and the general fish-eating public. It was an incredible and shocking eye-opener. Approximately half of the fish that are caught in the seas surrounding our nation are thrown back into the sea. DEAD.
I hate with a passion seeing anything go to waste, especially food, especially when there are so many people in the world who haven’t got enough to survive. What was worse in this situation is that the European Common Fisheries Policy “quota” system was one of the main contributors to this appalling situation. Basically fisherman have strict quotas on the types and numbers of fish they are allowed to catch and bring to shore, however fisherman don’t have a choice about the species of fish that are caught in their nets, as we all know, you can’t drag a net behind a trawler and only catch one type of fish!
For fisherman, this means if the wrong type of fish are caught “accidentally” and unavoidably in their nets, they have to be thrown back in the sea. Many of the fish are already dead having been caught up in the nets for a while before being hauled aboard and sorted through. This isn’t the only reason, some fish are thrown back in the sea, purely because they are not popular dishes on the tables of the fish-eating public.
Solutions to the problem will not be easy to achieve. Changes in legislation are required and even then there isn’t a single, simple answer that will put an end to all this “discard”.
Please get involved, try something different, eat some of the lesser known and less popular fish such as Flounder and Dab. The more people who eat these fish will mean that fewer fish are unnecessarily thrown back overboard. DEAD.
Please take the time to visit and sign up on Hugh’s Fish Fight website, use Twitter, Facebook, like and share links to this blog and the official site!
Spread the word!
Something has to be done to put an end to this ridiculous waste.