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Fish, food banks and unsustainable celebrity activism

By Joshua Haddow  

Throwing dead fish back into the sea in order to meet quotas is absurd—but can celebrity activism help implement a better policy?

Earlier this month Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall jostled public opinion enough for the European Commission to reconsider their policy of throwing half of the fish caught in the North Sea back, dead.

The decision by the European commission is a good thing. Discards are seen, at best, as a very bad solution to the problem of overfishing. But the problem of sorting out a sane fishing policy remains.…

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