Tonight, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall renews his TV crusade for saner fishing policy and practice in the UK, Europe and across the world.
He’s building on his previous efforts to tackle the EU’s bycatch discard policy whereby good fish are thrown overboard when quotas are already met, and getting behind the Marine Conservation Society’s attempts to get more Marine Conservation Zones designated. There is plenty of evidence that no-fishing zones increase fish stocks, yet the Government is only thinking about designating about 30, with none on the English east coast. It should be an interesting series on Channel 4, on Thursdays @ 9pm.
Yesterday, I stumbled across a great Radio 4 programme about sharks, our relationship with them and the effect of the Jaws blockbuster film. Among the many interesting facts (including that there are plenty of sharks in UK waters, although about 90% less than a few decades ago), is that for every American who gets bitten by a shark, 25 people are bitten by New Yorkers!
So if you are approached by a New Yorker today for a Valentine’s Day kiss, make sure they’re not going to take a chunk out of you.