‘But still another inquiry remains…whether Leviathan can long endure so wide a chase, and so remorseless a havoc; whether he must not at last be exterminated from the waters…’
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
So I’ve just finished watching Hugh’s Fish Fight on Channel 4 and signed up. Part of me is wary because there are always two sides to every story (at least two sides) and in interests of balance I should at least attempt to find out why EU laws say fishermen have to throw away perfectly good cod.
But there are things I am sure are true about this all.
Something is surely wrong when we take a creatures life with no respect or for no purpose?
It’s interesting how a number of the fishermen speak of morally feeling like murderers every time they go out to sea and are forced to throw perfectly good fish away dead into the sea.
Another thing is that we the consumer need to diversify and mix our fish habits up, to get creative in the kitchen and eat fish that isn’t cod, salmon or tuna. 3 kgs of wild fish caught to feed a salmon so that it can put on 1kg seems like a waste.
That might mean grabbing a can of mackerel instead of the usual can of tuna, it might mean eating herring instead of salmon or picking up red gurnard , mergrim or coley at St George’s Market.
Anyway, I know that many of us are campaigned out or have to choose our battles, but perhaps this is a good one for us living on an island like ours, surrounded by that vast and beautiful Atlantic Ocean?
Something that I’ve only noticed recently is the lack of fish knowledge we have here in Ireland considering the gift that we have on our doorsteps. But thats for another day.