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Hello there,

It's fantastic news that MEPs in the European Parliament voted today for a strong discards ban and a legally-binding end to overfishing.

I hope in years to come this will be seen as a historic turning point in Europe's fisheries management.

It's over two years since we launched the Fish Fight campaign, and this is one of the major results we’ve been campaigning for.

We're really grateful to the thousands of Fish Fighters across Europe who emailed MEPs over the last few days, and helped to head off a last-ditch attempt by some politicians to fatally weaken the discards ban.

All credit to British MEPs and Richard Benyon for the part they've played in this result, helped by the hard work the British fleet is doing on reducing discards.

The European Parliament is sending a really strong message to the Council of Ministers as we go into the next stage of turning the Common Fisheries Policy into law.

We need to keep fighting to make sure that the implementation of the ban is rigorous and effective and achieves its principle aim: to eliminate the waste of good fish and help the industry towards a more sustainable future.

Our 850,000 supporters deserve nothing less.

Hugh x 

 

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Excellent news! Well done Hugh for getting it into the public eye, although I don't think the media have always given you the credit you deserve! But we all know how hard you have worked on this and what it means for you and everyone involved with FishFight. Well done all!

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Well done Hugh, the River Cottage team and to everyone who voted....love Brian & Net xx

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Well done everybody! Awesome news. :)

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well done Hugh and all a good day for common sense at long last.

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Great news, Hugh you deserve a medal for your hard work and determination over the last two years. Arise Sir Hugh !

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Fantastic news and well deserved! I am involved with a group called No Salmon Farms At Sea and also want the aquaculture industry to progress in a more sustainable manner. At present here in Ireland, the government have plans to massively increase the number of salmon frms around our coast. The first is planned for Galway Bay and at capacity of 15-30,000 tonnes annually, will be the biggest salmon farm in Europe if not the world. There are plans for a lot more with a further 46 sites having been identified for potential development. The problem with this is the unsustainable manner in which the industry conducts itself. The feed for the farmed fish is obtained from anchovies, sprat, sand eel, krill etc... all of which are part of the diet of wild salmon and sea trout as well as other species such as sea birds. The seas are basically being raped to feed the farmed salmon in order to increase the profits of big business yet again, without any thought for our wild stocks or the environment. The industry portrays itself as having an organic product. This can not be the case as the treatments used to deal with various disease and sea lice involve the use of some serious chemicals. In our opinion the only organic salmon is a wild one. The impact of sea lice is staggering, 39% of salmon smolt mortality is attributable to sea lice infestation from salmon farms. This is disastrous for wild stocks returning to our rivers and indeed the rivers of Scotland, Wales, England, France, Spain and Portugal. The only way forward as we see it, is for all existing and future salmon farms to be brought inland to closed containment systems. They are sustainable, renewable energy can be used to power them, little or no chemicals are needed because there are no sea lice, less feed is needed and new forms of renewable feed can be used. I would be grateful of the oppurtunity to discuss this further with you and I believe that this is the next step in the fish fight campaign. I can be contacted at Damien.OBrien@nosalmonfarmsatsea.com or at damienobrien@iol.ie

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Well done Hugh - I doubt this would have been acheived without your passion and impetus!

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Great news! A big step in the right direction. Well done Hugh and others for bringing this to public attention and it shows that public opinion can make a real difference.

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Just want to say well done Hugh! We applaud your hard won success and are so grateful to you for putting so much of your energy, time and expertise into helping change these short sighted fishing regulations. So many of us, who are really concerned about the depletion of stocks and the way they've been so carelessly plundered, can now have hope that there may yet be a future for them and for the fishing industry. This really is a great day for people power and gives us the encouragement and added impetus to keep up the pressure on the MEP's. Thank you so much, you deserve a meddle! All the best, John Haysom

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