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Hugh blamed for new law that could devastate fishing industry in Plymouth – lunacy and madness

Westcountry celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is being blamed for the new rules thanks to his televised Fish Fight campaign, which targets discards. At present fisherman have to throw back fish they don’t have a quota to catch, and the Fish Fight campaign has been working against that. The new rules mean they won’t be allowed to throw them back – or land them. Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producers Organisation, said fishermen hate discards as it made a mockery of their hard work.  Read the rest here 10:05

The guilt never fades over wasted fish

I have been a commercial fisherman for more than 30 years, and I’ve caught a lot of fish. I feel good about that. But there is one aspect of commercial fishing I haven’t felt good about the entire time. The waste. People are starving in many places on our little blue dot, and I and my men have probably thrown away close to half a million pounds of fish in my fishing career. Why, you might ask? [email protected]