Hugh’s Fish Fight

Got this email from Greenpeace today, about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new TV programme. As I think I blogged at the time, I met Hugh at the parliamentary launch of the Sustainable Livestock Bill. He turned out to be a very nice man, very interested in the issues raised in the Bill.

A few weeks later I was invited to a live filming for this programme, which from what I recall involved him cooking fish somewhere in a very public place in London, which obviously wasn’t quite my thing, being fish. But I still think it’s really good he’s raising these issues. {And those of you who still haven’t seen the very powerful End of the Line film, about the decline of fish stocks and the impact on the marine environment, I’d urge you to do so.}

“Hi there, and happy new year!

We’re only a few days in to 2011, but already this year is shaping up to be a big one in our campaign to end the plunder of the oceans. With fish stocks plummeting and other marine life suffering thanks to poor fishing methods, we need all the help we can get. So I’m really looking forward to the Big Fish Fight starting next week on Channel 4, which will see TV chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall investigating the devastating effects of the fishing industry on marine life and the oceans themselves.

Hugh’s series – Hugh’s Fish Fight – will be particularly fascinating, starting Tuesday 11 January at 9pm. Set yourself a reminder by joining the Facebook event page. He’s been delving into various murky aspects of how fish gets to our supermarkets including: the huge numbers of sharks, rays and other fish being caught and killed as bycatch in tuna nets; the vast quantities of perfectly edible fish discarded thanks to poor European fishing policies; and the devastating effects of fish farming or aquaculture on the environment.

And our investigators have been working closely with Hugh’s production team to reveal the secrets of the tinned tuna industry – watch out for them in episode two on Wednesday at 9pm. We’ll also be asking for your help very soon to challenge the worst practices in the tinned tuna industry once again, as we launch our new tinned tuna league table on Monday.

You’ve already convinced many supermarkets to improve their policies when it comes to tinned tuna and we want to make sure the other big players do too.

In the meantime, don’t miss Hugh’s Fish Fight starting on Channel 4 next Tuesday at 9pm.

Thanks for your support, Greenpeace UK”

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  • The Squeeze  On January 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

    A nice man? He went to Eton Kerry, he can’t understand how normal people go fishing, cook things and eat, surely?

  • Duncan  On January 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Over-fishing is a huge issue that has been ignored for far too long. It seems to be a case of “out of sight, out of mind”, and you can’t get much more out of sight than the middle of the ocean. It’s great to see the issue finally getting some mainstream coverage, hopefully people will start to sit up and listen.

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