Fighting For Fish (VIDEO)

There’s a revolution going on in Britain.

No, not the kind that is sweeping through the Middle East, but a fish revolution.

Thousands Of Fish Thrown Back And Die

A couple of weeks ago, BBC’s Channel 4 devoted four programs to their television campaign, Fish Fight. The opening episode featured the practice of catching and then discarding fish.

Fish Fight

About half of the fish caught in the North Sea, a prime deep sea fishing area, are thrown back into the water, either because they do not meet the quotas set by Europe’s common fisheries policy, or because the supermarkets don’t want to buy them. Virtually all of these fish die.

But now things may be looking up for these fish. According to The Guardian, leading supermarket chains are reporting soaring sales of so-called alternative fish, including pollack, dab, mussels, squid and sardines, in place of the once-staple cod, haddock, tuna and (farmed) salmon.

Celebrity Chefs Join In

From The Guardian:

The switch in customer preference was apparently sparked by Channel 4′s television campaign, Fish Fight.

Celebrity chefs like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver have taken up the cause by encouraging consumers to be more adventurous in their choice, and demonstrating how to prepare and cook produce like mussels and squid. The giant supermarket chain Tesco said it had since seen sales rises of between 25% and 45% for fish like pollack, brown crab, sprats and whiting.

You can find out more about Fish Fight by watching this video:

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Bill K.
Bill K7 years ago

a lot of people are going vegan because they see how healthy and compassionate vegans are compared to the typical meat eater. as more people go vegan it will mean less stress not just for sea animals but for land animals as well.

Rose N.
Past Member 7 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Ann P.
A P8 years ago

The book "Eating Animals" discusses the profound damage commercial fishing is causing in the oceans. We are creating quite a dilemma for ourselves - increasing population - irresponsibly depleted resources. If we don't catch a clue soon, natural law will solve the problem for us - in a completely unsentimental way.

clara H.
Clara Hamill8 years ago

It's a shame they are wasting food people are starving. I see alot of self righteous vegans on here get real not everyone is going to stop eating meat because you say so. Try to get along with all sides.

Luisa Vidic
Luisa Vidic8 years ago

Hunting and fishing is just the same. They kill!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B8 years ago

Thanks for telling the world

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal8 years ago

What is that policy about?

Samantha G.
Samantha G.8 years ago

This is what the hypocrites EU dictators have ordered for a very long time. This has been going on for years on end where fishermen are licensed to catch particular types of fish from particular areas and fish that they are not licensed for or which do not conform to the size dictated by the Brussels dictators have to be thrown back notwithstanding that they are dead.

Then the fishermen go back fishing to try to catch their quota of their particular fish with the additional by-catch of other fish for which they are not licensed which they again have to throw back into the sea notwithstanding that they are dead.

The millions of tons of fish thrown away back into the sea was such that the North Sea literally stank with the dead fish.

Apart from this, the fishing grounds are no longer reserved to the country's fishermen as they have a right to do in terms of the Law of the Sea, but open to other fishermen from Spain and France use destructive methods and have destroyed the fishing grounds of other member countries.

A disgusting example of discriminating EU regulation was when it had increased the minimum lobster length that could be caught by 2 mm because Spanish water are warmer and lobsters grow longer than in the North Sea so that Scottish fishermen had to throw them back. Spain had the EU presidency at that time.

This is what the crap EU and its petty dictators are doing to the scarce natural resources.

No wonder there are eurosceptic movements to scrap the

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p8 years ago

omg that made me cry.