Did anyone watch Channel 4's Dispatches on Saturday (15/1/11) about 'Basa' fish amongst others? Sourced from one of the most polluted rivers in the world, the Mekong river, that has been tested for sewage, arsenic, PCB's, DDT, etc. If you follow this link: http://www.dietmindspirit.org/2008/01/30/why-you-shouldnt-eat-this-fish-pangas-pangasius-vietnamese-river-cobbler-white-catfish-gray-sole/ - you will see how this fish is grown; they actually inject the fish with 'hormones derived from pregnant human female urine' - beggars belief!
Unfortunately, I had purchased some fillets on the Friday beforehand and ate them with my wife and son prior to this programme - I still have not been forgiven! The fish is quite bland (a sauce is really needed) but was fresh and to a point edible. On the same TV programme some fish & chip shops have been using this fish but selling it as cod. I had purchased this fish (also known as Vietnamese river cobbler or Filet de pangas - French version) from Morrisons supermarket with the named supplier being Cumbrian Seafoods Ltd. Should someone investigate to see if this product is fit for human consumption?
I have also discovered that a purchase of 'Young's frozen chip shop extra large fish fillets' contains Basa fish in its entirety. On the back of the pack it states "to give you the most delicious fish we use either Basa (B), Haddock (H) or Alaska Pollock (P). You can see which fish we use by checking the letter after the best before date on the side of the pack." Guess what.. it's (B)! I will be living in the shed next!
I have signed up to the fish fight as I think it is an appalling waste regarding 'discard' and hope the programme's that Hugh has made start to jolt a few politicians, not only in this country but also in the EEC. I watched Gordon Ramsey's 'Shark Bait' (the bull shark was more polite!) and having lived in the South Pacific in the 1960's & 70's I saw first hand when countries like Japan are allowed to fish in local waters - they just decimate the area without a thought to the local people who fish for their supper. GOOD LUCK TO HUGH AND HIS TEAM!