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


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.

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