Young’s praises scrutiny of dynamite, discards

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 15, 2013

A major seafood company has come out in support of U.K. celebrity chef-turned-activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s program, “Fish Fight,” spotlighting problems in the seafood industry, which appeared on British television this week.

The three-part documentary miniseries had at least one group registering its complaints before it even aired, but Young’s Seafood has praised the show’s examination of the use of dynamite in fishing, a practice of using underwater dynamite blasts to stun fish that Young’s called “unacceptable.”

David Parker, Young’s Seafood Limited’s Marine Biologist, said: “Fish Fight has done a good job in highlighting unacceptable instances where dynamite is used at sea,” said David Parker, a marine biologist at Young’s. “Dangerous for fishermen and damaging to fisheries and reefs, the use of dynamite is a practice that we strongly oppose.”

Young’s also credited the program with scrutinizing another unsavory practice: discarding fish at sea.

“Over the years Fish Fight has helped to bring additional attention to the issue of discards and the process of reform is now truly moving forwards,” said Mike Mitchell, Young’s CSR director. “If we are going to ensure that future generations can enjoy fish at least two times a week, in line with Government guidelines, then it is crucial that this issue is tackled in a way that is sustainable for the long-term.”

The program aired this week on Britain’s Channel 4.

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