Council leader backs celebrity chef’s Fish Fight campaign

A town council chairman is urging people throughout Norfolk to help protect the county's fishing industry by supporting a campaign headed by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.

Allen Frary, chairman of Wells Town Council, spoke at last week's town council meeting about the Fish Fight campaign, after seeing a Channel 4 television documentary on it.

The campaign claims that around half of the fish caught by fishermen in the North Sea are unnecessarily thrown back into the ocean, dead.

Fishing for one species often results in catching others and if people don't want them or fisherman are not allowed to land them, the only option is to throw them overboard and, according to the campaign, the vast majority of these discarded fish will die.

The Fish Fight campaign asks people to put their name on a petition to ensure that prevention of discarding is made a top priority in the future.

More than 640,000 people have supported the petition so far, including Wells Town Council and many individual town councillors.

Mr Frary, who was himself a fisherman for more than 20 years, said: 'I never realised the extent of the problem until I watched this television programme. As Wells is a fishing town the town council has a responsibility to support this petition.'

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For more information on the campaign, go to www.fishfight.net.