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.