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Thursday, 15 May 2014

NFFO chief Barrie Deas goes head-to-head with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Newsnight

Story courtesy of the Times 14th May 2014 #eatmorefish

Celebrity chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launched a campaign to end the EU policy obliging fishermen to throw fish back into the sea if they can't be sold. The crusade claimed half of all fish caught in the North Sea were being chucked back dead. It was a phenomenally effective campaign which changed the law. But is it possible that one of the most successful mobilizations of public opinion ever seen in the European Union was based upon lies and distortions? That is the claim of the fishing trade, which says the new rules introduced as a result of the campaign are themselves environmentally vandalistic. 

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, and Barrie Deas, who runs the organisation representing fishermen discuss. 

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