watched the stunning documentary series The
Blue Planetis awestruck by the beauty and diversity of life in the ocean.
But, I often felt that the spectacular colours, alien weirdness, and huge
creatures featured, were filmed in a sea far different from the one that crashes
against our cliffs and beaches. Boy, was I wrong.
The disastrous effects of
overfishing by European fleets aren’t confined to our continent's waters: destructive EU vessels are now exploiting the waters of the world’s
poorest nations - threatening ecosystems, depriving local
fishermen of their livelihoods and the food security of their communities. So Greenpeace have brought them and their stories to Europe.
Brilliant news! Morrisons has announced a new policy on
tinned tuna, committing to stop sourcing fish caught via destructive fishing
methods: this means that now all major UK supermarkets have now changed their policy towards being more sustainable. This leaves John West as the last major supplier left that still needs to change its tuna.
In the three months
since Hugh's Fish Fight screened on Channel 4 there's been a frenzy of activity
in the fish trade, thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's investigation into
the way our fish is caught and sold. If you missed the series the first time
round and are wondering what all the fuss was about, the series is being
repeated starting tonight at 10pm on More 4.
In 2006, we said Morrisons was the worst fish retailer. Now its failing on tinned tuna, just like John West
We had huge success earlier this
month getting both Princes and Asda to clean up their tinned tuna. But the battle
against the butchering of our oceans isn’t over: John West and Morrisons are
still not off the hook (ahem).
Hugh and Jamie during filming of Fish Fight outside Westminster
"Greenest government ever." That’s the
phrase that’s already been used to slap the current UK
administration a fair few times. It’s an ambitious claim, but it seems even on
the black-and-white issues UK ministers can’t quite bring
themselves to go green.