I’m on board with Hugh’s Fish Fight here in Britain. This is progress, but still not progress enough! Some of our best-loved fish are facing extinction because of the discard laws, and it needs to stop NOW!

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Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
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  1. argylesock says:

    I joined Hugh’s Fish Fight too. He uses his presentation skill and his charm so well. I was shocked by the footage he had broadcast, in which an underwater camera showed discard actually being done. And by the footage in which he cooked a scrumptious meal of cod for a crew of fishers to enjoy on board their boat. It was made clear that if they’d landed that cod at the harbour, they’d have been in breach of the rules.

    • Missus Tribble says:

      Do you remember the episode where he got the fishermen to dump the discards as they neared the shore so that the locals and holidaymakers could collect them for free? That showed exactly the damage that this practice is doing to our sustainable fish supplies EVERY DAY and it was horrifying!

      I love fish, but now we try to avoid cod or haddock whenever possible. Fortunately plenty of fish fingers and breaded fish is pollack now, so it’s easy. I also don’t want to see mackerel go the way of the T-Rex, because it’s tasty and really really good for you!

      • argylesock says:

        Yes I’d forgotten that episode but you’ve reminded me of it.
        Where do you buy breaded pollack? That sounds like a product we’d like too. Just now, we’re still eating a lot of cod and haddock. I do also buy on the Marine Stewardship Council label but after the Hugh F-W series, I’m not so convinced that MSC really stands for what it should stand for. Hmm… another possible topic to blog about!

      • Missus Tribble says:

        If a pack of frozen breaded fish or fish fingers says “Contains white fish” or “Contains Omega 3″ then it’s certain to be at least 85 percent pollack – sometimes it will even tell you it’s pollack on the box.

        It’s a very light, fluffy oily fish with a delicate flavour. I love it!

        Coley is another good one, and farmed salmon and trout are fine since the farmer is constantly breeding about twice as many as he/she sells.

        I tried river cobbler a couple of times but it has a very muddy taste and I didn’t like it. It would be fine in a fish curry or something like that though.

    • Tribble says:

      Replying to your later comment here, because WP won’t give me a reply option to that one for some reason.

      We get our breaded pollock from asda. They stock quite a few options, depending on the store.

      Have a look here:

      http://groceries.asda.com/asda-estore/search/searchcontainer.jsp?trailSize=1&searchString=pollock&domainName=Products&headerVersion=v1

      (if that link works)

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