A new campaign to stop waste practised by the European Union’s fishing fleet has been launched in Brussels: Fish Fight is aimed at reforming rules which provoke colossal dumping back into the sea.
The EU Fisheries Commissioner backs the campaign. Maria Damanaki said: “I have taken the message, but also you have to take a message, and I would like to tell you that the problem has not been solved yet, so the fish campaign is not over. We have to insist and try and try.”
Campaign leader Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented a petition protesting against today’s policy which leads to non-quota species caught being discarded, dead.
Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “We do see real signs of commitment, and it is coming right from the top. Maria Damanaki has said clearly that ending discards is a top priority of reforming the Common Fisheries Policy.”
The British celebrity chef urged the public outside the European Parliament to help campaign against the annual waste of one million tonnes of fish in EU waters.
The Commission has proposed banning discards but some EU states are resisting.