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Fearnley Whittingstall welcomes fishing reform

EU reforms should help repopulate fish stocks says celebrity chef

Famed chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is known for his creative cuisine but he has also made a name for himself as capaigner for reforming the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), vowing to keep up his "fish fight".

The current CFP rules have come under harsh criticism for encouraging fishermen to dump significant amounts of dead fish back into the ocean to maintain fishing quotas – a practice known as discarding.

This has led to 72 per cent of the EU's fishing stocks to be overexploited, according to the Guardian, with 20 per cent being fished beyond safe biological limits.

Fearnley-Whittingstall welcomed today's move by the European Commission to reform the CFP.

"I'm very happy to see that the proposal specifically includes measures to end discards," he said, adding: "It's not perfect but it's a brave step in the right direction."

Home cooks can try the celebrity chef's haddock recipe which includes fennel and sea salt or his smoked pollack and spinach tarts, simply seasoned with freshly ground black pepper.

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