Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is widely known as a writer, broadcaster and campaigner for his uncompromising commitment to real food. As an award-winning journalist, food and cookbook writer, Hugh and his team of food experts run courses and events expounding the River Cottage food philosophy, and celebrating the very best local, seasonal food. Hughs website, www.rivercottage.net, is an important forum for discussing food issues of every kind. Hughs Fish Fight started as a campaign to raise awareness that half of all fish caught in the North Sea is thrown back overboard dead due to the quota system imposed by the EU Common Fisheries Policy. More than 850,000 people signed up and have helped pressure politicians into reforming the system. His latest book is HUGH'S THREE GOOD THINGS a book which conjures up quick, fast, easy solutions for home cooks. Three is the magic number: salty, sweet, crunchy. Sharp, rich, crumbly. Hot, bland, crisp. Think scones with jam and cream, fish and chips with mushy peas, or porridge with golden syrup and cream.
My connection with seafood
I have long been an avid fish-eater and an enthusiastic, if not always successful, fisherman.
Why sustainability is important to me
I believe passionately that, in order to preserve and maintain the precious and delicious resources the oceans offer us, it is encumbent on all of us to shop responsibly for fish. On a macro level, meanwhile, my Fish Fight campaign is lobbying those in power to do everything possible to foster sustainable, ethical fishing practices the world over.