Chef takes to the seas

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Ever been dumped, only to be reassured by a well-meaning friend or relative that there are plenty more fish in the sea?

Well, it looks like amateur agony aunts and uncles are going to have to find a new cliché, because according to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, fish stocks are diminishing across the world.

In new series Hugh’s Big Fish Fight (Channel 4, 9pm), he sets out to learn more about what is happening in the British fishing industry, beginning with a look at which species should be left off our plates and remain in the sea to give them a chance to replenish.

He’ll also be exploring claims that half the total of quantity of all fish caught in the North Sea is thrown back dead, and asking exactly what it means when a retailer claims that their fish are “responsibly sourced”.

The chef will then be offering his findings to the politicians, the public and arguably the people who have the most sway over what we eat, the supermarket bosses.