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Hugh's Figh Fight

An amazing 692,000 people have already signed up to the Fish Fight, but this is the week when we need more support than ever. 


The draft proposals for the new CFP will be published in Brussels at noon on Wednesday 13 July.  

The world’s media will be there, and we want them to be dazzled by our interactive counter, whizzing up towards a million signatures.  

This is another big chance to show how strongly people feel about the need to protect both our fish stocks and our fishermen’s livelihoods - before it's too late.

As you may have seen, there’s been a lot of press this week claiming victory for the Fish Fight campaign.  

But it's too early to start celebrating.  

We understand that the proposals will recommend a discard ban, and that it wouldn’t have happened without you.

But that's all it is, I'm afraid - recommendations.  

Wednesday’s publication is just the first step in the reform process that will take another 18 months to complete.  

That means there’s plenty of time for the politicians and decision makers to reject these proposals.  

So it’s more important than ever to keep up the pressure, or this small victory could easily be lost.  

We need your help more than ever. If you haven't already signed up, please DO SO NOW at fishfight.net!  

If you have, please spread the word one more time across Facebook, Twitter or via email. Especially to people you know living in Europe.  

Lets get the number past the million-mark by the end of the week! Thank you again for your support!  

Hugh x

Read the full metro.co.uk article >

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Heard the news on Radio 4 - have to say that the outcome/proposals seem ludicrous. Ending the discard - excellent.

EU pay money to provide storage for fish, which if not sold will go into intervention paid for by EU and then into EU food programme - total nightmare, leading to more overfishing, more waste, and more money down the drain.

Ending the discard and allowing some market forces would have been much more preferable, as that woud be more likely to keep fishing in balance - the industry would be more likely to land only what they can sell.

I appreciate that it is more complex than that, but the intervention route is a disaster.

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Dear Hugh,

Heard the news at 5:30 this morning and it is first time when I felt that I have to write comments in internet blog, never done it before.

I would like to congratulate you on the victory & achievement towards new EU Fisheries Policy.
I know that it took a lot of your efforts & your team & lot of other dedicated people to get that far, but I heard on this subject from you that is why I feel obliged to congratulate you!!!

As a dedicated spearfishers family we felt deeply about the issue. We catch only enough fish for our small family of two (do not count cat, ferret and 2 hens) and we do not neglect any species. When I heard about the problem on discarded fish, I was in shock! Ever since did not buy any fish products from the supermarkets. We eat what we can catch only!

It is indeed still long way to go until they put the policy to work, but I hardly believe that any person with at least slight brain function would ever say that there is nothing needed to be done.

Thank you for doing the right thing!

Jevgenija, Glendalough, Ireland

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Hi Hugh
Thanks for taking up the fight

We've seen your last tv programs here in dk (fish-fight and chicken out). .. I'm shocked. Not that bi-catches are thrown out in the amounts they are, but that it's been an isssue for years and STILL happens.

I'm worried about allowing bi-catches. What will happen to the incitament to do anything about changing fishing-methods and industry practices?
As a consumer I'm tired of listening to the bs of carrying the responsibillity by only wanting the troubled fish-species like cod, salmon and pangasius --- as happened with the pangasius the first time I spotted it in the supermarked freezer, it went into the basket ... other kinds of fish at fair prices will go the same way.

A lot of fishers does not 'believe' in the scientific methods. It will be very easy and convinient for them to keep 'business as usual' if bi-catches are allowed. As for the producers, I can see an interest on their part in not processing too many different kinds of fish as each kind probably take their own technique and equipment.

I do not have any wisdom as to how to solve the problems. But if it takes another unimployed person (fisher) for the fishstock to grow helthy, so be it.

Carsten

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