Hugh's Fish Fight is unquestionably one of the most talked about and high-profile environmental campaigns in recent memory. Tonight, Channel 4 will broadcast 'Hugh's Fish Fight: the Battle Continues', which is an update on the chef's campaign against wasteful EU fishing regulations.
Since Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's original Fish Fight series, which aired just over six months ago, more than 700,000 people have signed his petition that demands the EU reforms its Commons Fisheries Policy and ends the appaling practive of fish discards in European waters for good.
In the orginisal series Hugh captured trawlers throwing more than half of their catch back into the sea, dead, and it became next to impossible for anyone to disagree with his conclusion that the current EU quota laws were not just bad, but completely mad.
This hour-long update shows how successful the Fish Fight campaign has been on a political level; last month, the EU’s maritime commissioner Maria Damanaki proposed a complete overhaul of the Common Fisheries Policy. But Fearnley-Whittingstall is keen to emphasise that this is only half the battle.
Much of the fish discarded by British trawlers is done so simply because it doesn’t sell, and so the campaign to change our eating habits and get us used to ordering pouting, gurnard or dabs, as opposed to endangered cod or dubiously-farmed salmon, continues. For now, it is cheering to see a campaign conducted with passion and humour and many environmental campaigns could learn a lot from how Hugh has led this campaign.
Hugh’s Fish Fight: the Battle Continues is on Monday, August 8 on Channel 4 at 9.00pm
For more information about Hugh's fish fight please visit the following website and sign the petition - http://www.fishfight.net/
Download the app...Hugh has been working with the Marine Conservation Society and Selfridges to put together a fantastic app on iTunes that provides you with information about what fish you should be eating and contains some great recipes too - you can download the app via the following link: http://itun.es/igW4v4