Earlier today I asked whether the ‘discard’ practice of sea fishing – throwing good fish back dead – is really being discarded.
It’s about the sea but this political stuff gets dry. The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee is arguing about the Common Fisheries Policy.
Meanwhile some British fishers have been trying a different way to manage themselves. My fellow blogger Eivind Burkow at The Coastal House says that the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Department for Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have shown that it’s possible to reduce discards almost to zero. Their secret? Selective fishing.
To a landlubber like me, selective fishing is a mystery. But apparently it can be done. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)* promotes selective fishing gear. The MMO knows how to fish selectively and they’re showing that it can work.
* Whatever the acronym ‘WWF’ stands for now, these people are fighting for wildlife. Including wild fish.