Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall vows to take Fish Fight global as Europe votes to end discards - video

Watch a preview of series two of the Channel 4 show which contributed to a victory at the European Parliament

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall vows to take Fish Fight global as Europe votes to end discards - video
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Fresh from success at the European Parliament, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is taking his campaign against over-fishing worldwide with a new series of Channel 4's Fish Fight, Save Our Seas.

On Wednesday, MEPs voted to ban the wasteful practice of fish discards, which sees up to a third of the total catch thrown back into the sea, usually dead, due to quotas imposed by the common fisheries policy.

After two years of procedural wrangling, the decision marked a victory for campaigns including Hugh's Fish Fight, which helped mobilise 800,000 people to oppose the practice.

"This is really excellent news," said the TV chef. "It was a nerve-wracking morning – there was still a faction who wanted to derail the process – but well done to the MEPs, and well done to the Fish Fighters."

In series two of Fish Fight, Hugh is casting his net wider, attempting to tackle over-fishing across the globe by putting pressure on governments to establish "marine protected areas" where damaging fishing methods would be outlawed. 

The new three-part series, Hugh's Fish Fight: Save Our Seas, starts on Thursday 14 February at 9pm on Channel 4. Watch a clip from the first episode below, in which Hugh witnesses first hand the devastation that aggressive fishing methods have wreaked on the ocean and its fish stocks.

Sign up to the campaign at fishfight.net

Hugh's Fish Fight: Save Our Seas returns on Thursday 14 February at 9pm on Channel 4