“Costing The Earth, BBC Radio 4” examines the crisis facing EU fish stocks

Tom Heap, presenter for Radio 4’s Costing The Earth programme, meets in the programme the activists hoping to bring an end to illegal fishing by tackling the problem head on: by getting in the way of pirate fishermen.

Among these activists is The Black Fish, a relatively new NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) whose aim is to stop the fishing of juvenile Bluefin Tuna in the Mediterranean and prevent to use of illegal drift nets – by cutting them. Drift nets were banned by the United Nations in 1992 but they are still used illegally around the world.

The Black Fish are soon to launch unmanned reconnaissance aircraft in the Mediterranean to monitor illegal fishing and find out exactly who is doing it and where.

Tom Heap also meets campaigners who believe that the only way for fish stocks to recover is for a ten year moratorium to be imposed, allowing species of fish to become plentiful once more, and representatives from the Marine Stewardship Council and Seafish
Presenter: Tom Heap
Producer: Martin Poyntz-Roberts.

Marinet observes: This is an insightful programme, lasting just under 30 minutes. If you wish to understand the issues currently facing fish stocks and their survival, it is well worth spending the time listening to this programme.

Source: BBC Radio 4, Costing The Earth, 23rd April 2013

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