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Sunday, March 20, 2011

A GoodFriend of GoodFish

It’s so difficult to find GoodPeople from news stories. As rare as finding good fish in the North Sea nowadays.
Either there are too few GoodPeople, or they don’t make it to the news. As they say, GoodNews is no news.
So a pleasant surprise to read about Mr. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Thanks to him, a stupid practice that costs thousands of lives (fish lives) may be discontinued.
Background: to reduce overfishing and to conserve stocks of specific types of fish, the EU introduced a quota system – only so many numbers or tons of a particular fish to be caught. Once you exceed the quota, sorry no more fishing.
To get around the system, almost 13 percent of all the fish caught is thrown back into the ocean – dead – because fishermen are afraid of exceeding their quotas. Crazy, stupid and cruel – but that’s human beings for you.
“In mixed fisheries it can be impossible... to control the species that they catch in their nets. (So) thousands of tons of overfished cod are thrown back so that fishermen can continue trawling for  more prolific species...”  Weekend Today Singapore March 5-6, 2011
Thanks to the relentless campaigning by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the system may get modified and millions of fish may get a chance to live out a longer life.
A GoodPerson by any definition. A chef who may end up saving millions of fish.
Know any more GoodPeople? Drop in a line.

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