“Fish Figh” is a campaign created by the journalist, chef, and personality of the British television Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in 2010, with the aim of ending the fish discarding in the middle of the ocean. Previously, the European policy on the regulation of fishing was more rigorous. Here some curious facts to know about the campaign:
Objective of the Campaign
We know Hugh created this campaign against the Common Fisheries policy, directed to the European Parliament of the EU, which allows fishermen to throw dead fishes into the sea. This campaign was applauded and praised due to the value it has to regularize that massive problem that exists with fishing and discarding (dead fish) that are thrown into the sea. We are talking about tons of fish.
The Series about Fish Fight
Fearnley-Whittingstall filmed a serie called ‘Hugh’s Fish Fight’ for the British Channel 4 on the fishing regularization campaign in 2012, a documentary that made the campaign receive more than 16 million pounds from supporters on the official page.
In the program, they revealed how the fishermen put dead fish into the sea, as they did not want to exceed the fishing quotas found in the law. It’s established that any young, heavy fish must be returned or if the quota has been exceeded.
Support for the Campaign
Both the campaign and the program were well received, as they showed a reality that was happening at sea. Different personalities even came together to support it, such as Henrik Hoegh (Danish food minister), Maria Damanak (EU Fisheries Commissioner), Sir Richard Branson, Ricky Gervais, Jamie Oliver, Coldplay, Gordon Ramsey, and more.
The campaign has achieved its effect, since the fishing policy implemented by the EU was changed, classifying the launch supply supplement.
This campaign was a great idea and what worked thanks to the great effort of Hugh and all the people who supported this good cause, since the only thing they wanted to achieve was a great service to the marine environment by highlighting the type of activities performed by the same fishermen. Thanks Hugh!