Saving the planet?

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Spanish factory trawler Spanish factory trawler Breaking news: fisheries minister Jonathan Shaw has said that the dumping of thousands of tons of dead fish back into the sea because of EU fishing quotas is "immoral". An estimated 880,000 tonnes of dead fish or 'discards' are thrown back into the North Sea every year in order to comply with the Common Fisheries Policy quotas. Where has he been the last few years? It has always been immoral. In some waters off Scotland discards account for about 90% of some fish catches. Mr Shaw said: " The crisis of throwing fish back is immoral, we don't want that to continue so we have to find a balanced range of measures to ensure that the fishing industry is sustainable and we have the conservation measures in place." Does he mean continuing to allowing huge factory trawlers in vast numbers to hoover up every fish and crustacean in sight? His solution is ...increase the cod quotas! Leave the EU say I, save the oysters.

'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
'You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none --
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.
Lewis Carroll. Through the Looking-Glass