Greenpeace Campaigner Hanne Larsen holds a Cod to be discarded due to current EU quota systems
In case you missed it, last week a progressive debate was held in the House of
Commons about the future of UK fish: centred on the urgent need for reform of European fisheries
laws, and ending the needless waste of excess catch known as ‘discards’.
Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Ocean
Selfridges launched Project Ocean with a bang last week. The
legendary department store's front is draped with a giant
banner asking ‘No more fish in the sea?.’ Their famed Oxford Street windows are filled with installations
on fish issues - grabbing attention and headlines. And they’ve pulled
in a host of celebrity supporters, from Katherine Hamnett to Elle McPherson. But that's just the start of this month long celebration of our seas...
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.
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.
Now you see it...: cod caught in the North Sea and about to be discarded
Discards are disgusting. No-one with any sense can support the
catching, killing, and throwing away of fish. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight
– which Greenpeace has supported from the outset - has at long last made the
waste of perfectly good fish a national outrage. It is a pointless
waste of life, and potential resources. It’s abhorrent whether you eat fish or
A Greenpeace boat tries to prevent whaling ship the Nisshin Maru from refuelling in the Southern Ocean, 2008
In this day and age, commercial whaling is out-of-date and should
be out-of-the-question. Sadly it isn’t, but maybe the
news that the Japanese whaling fleet might be cutting short its stay in the
Southern ocean is cause for some optimism.
weekend Nobu Matsuhisa, the eponymous chef behind the celebrity-favourite
restaurant Nobu, will
be in London. For a mere
£260 you could enjoy a unique dining experience, apparently. I wonder
what’s on the menu. Delicious black rhino, perhaps? Or tasty Amur tiger? Maybe
some melt-in-the-mouth mountain gorilla?