Published - 08/08/2011
Hugh's Fish Fight: the battle continues
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall made a series of programmes, broadcast on national television in January 2011 as part of a "Fish Fight" season. Hugh revealed the appalling number of discards wasted at sea - fish that could have been eaten that are not even landed, like sprat and flounder.
MCS advised Hugh and his team throughout the making of the programmes, and we are in full support of the Fish Fight's aim to end the wasteful throwing away of discarded, dead fish.
The Fish Fight campaign has been hugely influential, helping to bring the issue of sustainable seafood to a wide public, and to politicians and decision-makers in the UK and Europe. The timing of the campaign couldn't be better - we need real change to be made to the European "Common Fisheries Policy", which is about to be revised for the next decade of fishing.
The series is updated in "Hugh's Fish Fight: The battle continues", broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm, Monday 8th August.
What can you do?
Hugh gave an interview in a recent edition of the MCS magazine "Marine Conservation" which is sent to all MCS supporters. You can join MCS here
In a recent magazine article, Hugh said of MCS: "MCS is doing brilliant work and I'm delighted to be involved with it. Since I started researching the River Cottage'Fish' book and making TV programmes about fish, we've had a great dialogue. What I like is their bravery in standing up and talking to everyone - politicians, consumers, other conservation NGOs. In terms of the information available to the general public, their website is one of the best places to go to find out about what's going on."