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
Posted by jamie — 18 January 2011 at 4:28pm
It's been a good week for seafood
sales. The Guardian reports that supermarkets have been doing brisk business in
"sustainable seafood", particularly those featured in the various Big
Fish Fight shows on Channel 4.
Posted by Willie — 19 December 2008 at 2:40pm
In many ways the bluster from Europe's fisheries ministers the week before Christmas is as predictable as a pantomime script, if only it were meant to be funny! They all trumpet a 'fair deal' and talk about 'striking a balance', and most hilariously, 'respecting the science'. But in reality short-term political expediency continues to trump scientific reality. Today the EU announced its fishing quotas for 2009, as usual doing their best to ignore their own scientists' recommendations. Instead they agreed to increase quotas for endangered North Sea cod by 30 per cent, after the scientists had recommended that to be safe they shouldn't be catching any.
Posted by Willie — 8 December 2008 at 5:02pm
Norwegian coastguards filmed this UK trawler discarding 80% of its catch of endangered fish just outside Norwegian waters earlier this year
Every year the EU and Norway get together to agree how to share out fishing quotas in their adjacent waters (remember, Norway is not a member of the EU, and has it's own exclusive fishing zone, unlike EU countries). They are gathering this week, and it always happens before the annual quota-haggling meeting of the EU Council in Brussels, where the EU decide and divide on quotas for fish in EU waters.
Usually they do their best to ignore scientific advice, and amazingly all of the fisheries ministers seem to manage to go back home claiming to have won a 'good deal' for their respective fishing industries.