Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall did a great programme last night on tv about the scandal of EU fish quotas. He was as shocked as his audience would have been when the hundreds of unwanted (perfectly good fish) were thrown overboard dead.
Fisherman are allowed quotas of a certain type of fish, and when they have filled these quotas huge numbers of extra fish are wasted and thrown back into the sea. Due to over-fishing, fish that were fairly common up to about 15 years ago are now scarce or very small though depletion of stocks of cod and other varieties have now been partially halted. The quota system is a mad scheme when good food is deliberately wasted in order to fulfill some insane regulation brought in by that scarcely representative body, the European Union!
It was pointed out in the programme that the government minister for fisheries was unable even to identify the most common fish!
Mr. Fearnley-Whittingstall pursues his next 'fish' agenda with a programme about the assault on the tuna.