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Half of all fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back overboard

Watched Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s  prog on channel 4 (Hugh’s Fish Fight) about the appalling waste of fish dumped at sea due to the EU’s crazy fish ‘conservation’ policy.

I know a little of this as a long time ago having spent six (unhappy for them and me) months as a fisheries officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. In those days EU (or was it EEC then?) policy was just beginning to make itself felt . I remember those magenta spined EEC directives coming into the office and no one understanding them, not because they were written in euresperanto  but because they didn’t make any sense.

During the program Hugh interviews the fisheries minister  Richard Benyon who surprise surprise appears to know bugger all about fish, yet somehow manages to make the correct  noises; they should replace him with someone who know about the sea fish industry…although I doubt whether there are many politicians who know about anything practical.

The program is well worth a watch and the campaign is worth supporting even if it is a bunch of celebs, for once they’re supporting something worthwhile and (more importantly) winnable.

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  1. January 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Ridiculous. I’ve seen this noted before – just another case of money wasted where bureaucracy meets the real world.

  2. tocino
    January 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Not too sure that Spain abides by any fishing rules. Have you ever seen the tiny Hake on sale in Spanish fish markets?

    P.S. I did think it a bit ironic that Jamie was cooking farmed trout on a trawler.

  3. Boadicea
    January 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    What an appalling waste. Says it all that they have to remind people that:

    in a mixed fishery where many different fish live together, fishermen cannot control the species that they catch.

  4. January 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Made me almost as angry as Hugh…sign up, sign up!

  5. January 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    This has been going on for ages, and it is totally absurd.

    Regarding your point about ministers; they are political appointments and they never know anything, and this too has been going on for ages; the continuity is supposedly provided by senior civil servants!

  6. Janus
    January 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Here in Vikingland there is a thriving black market in fish which refused to be thrown back. It’s fresh, cheap and tastes much better for its truancy.

  7. January 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Totally in support of Hugh on this one. Can’t see how anyone can’t be, really. Shocking waste.
    Good post Jazz.

  8. January 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Janus

    Janus :

    Here in Vikingland there is a thriving black market in fish which refused to be thrown back. It’s fresh, cheap and tastes much better for its truancy.

    I can quite believe that. The Brits are the only people stupid enough to actually enforce the rules……usually against their own.

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