16 Apr '12, 12pm

TV's Monty Halls: 'I will defend fishermen to my dying day' #fish #fishing #food

TV's Monty Halls: 'I will defend fishermen to my dying day' #fish #fishing #food

Among conservationists, fishing is a dirty word with fishermen and the fishing industry pilloried for the use of beam trawlers and purse seine nets. The people who work in the industry have been caricatured as uncaring, money-hungry flat-earthers unwilling to face facts. Nothing, says Monty Halls, could further from the truth. ‘I will defend small boat fishermen to my dying day,' he emphasises. 'All right you’ve got the odd one who’s a bit of a renegade and should be drummed out of business. The best way to put it is there were eight boats on that beach in Cadgwith so I spoke to Nige [a fisherman featured in The Fisherman's Apprentice ] about it and said: “well how do you know that one of them isn’t fishing illegally, how do you know that they’re not taking the undersized stuff?” And he told me that [fishermen] don’t need the Navy to board them, don’t need Fisheries Protec...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/food_and_d...

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