Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Ethical Fishing Campaign a Success

Permaculture magazine
Tuesday, 12th July 2011

TV celebrity chef's Fish Fight campaign scores huge victory in triggering an EC review of the Common Fisheries Policy

The much talked about ethical seafood campaign by famous TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage has won a remarkable and inspiring victory.

The campaign, which aims prevent fishermen throwing 4 million tonnes - half of all fish caught in the North Sea - of edible 'by-catch' back into the sea each year because of EU fishing quota rules, attracted a massive 700,000 supporters.

As a result of the campaign, the EC now plans to review the Common Fisheries Policy, including quota rules.

The reforms will not, however, be without controversy. At their core, the new policies aim to limit catches to sustainable levels by 2015. The EC already admits that some fishermen will lose their livelihoods, and aims to put retirement plans in place for those who do. Environmentalists hope that the end result will be a more sustainable and scientific approach to managing the world's fish stocks is now required.

Metro newspaper ( quotes Liberal Democrat MEP and founder of the cross party Fish For The Future group, Chris Davies, as saying:
"Our waters are capable of supporting many times more fish than now exist. It is not too late for the situation to be reversed, but we have now reached a crisis point."

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Tue, 12/07/2011 - 12:34

If each of the 700,000 people would go vegan and each of them educate other people, it would help the environment, and everyone's health, as well as their fulfillment of their moral obligation not to cause harm or death to fellow sentient beings.​33512916/Veganism-A-Guide-​to-Nonviolence

biodynamic_love |
Tue, 12/07/2011 - 16:37

Hugh F-W should be praised for attempting to inject responsible ethics into our food chain.It is generally agreed that we must as a whole, severely cut down on our meat and fish intake but animals will forever be present in natural cycles whether it be for manure, grazing etc.. If speaking in environmental broad terms, as resourceful human beings, eating (and sustaining our protein intake) through this system seems far more morally correct than importing protein eg. soya from unsustainable sources.
I respect vegetarians and vegans and I myself attempt to drastically reduce personal meat consumption but whether i will refrain from eating locally sourced and well looked after animals, particularly those which form part of such necessary cycles, i'm not so sure...

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