Young's products to be shown at Commons – Fishupdate.com

Young’s products to be shown at Commons Published:  29 November, 2007

A NUMBER of seafood products from UK seafood giant Young’s were scheduled to go on show at the House of Commons.

The Grimsby-based company took the fish, some named after its home town base, to MPs to promote the company campaign for sustainable fishing.

The products include fish fingers made from MSC approved sustainable cod and some of the company’s fish pies, including its famous Mariner Pie.

The event was hosted by Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell, who said he was determined to promote the best of what the town produced in the way of fish and seafood. He was also supported by neighbouring Cleethorpes MP Shona McIsaac.

The event comes just a couple of weeks before the European Union decides on the controversial issue of catch limits and quotas in EU waters. Although Westminster MPs will have little say on the matter, the two Grimsby area members are determined to show how all local fish processors are supporting the drive for sustainable fishing.

Just a week ago, Young’s Seafood called for a ban on the practice of discarding – throwing dead fish back into the sea once they have been caught.

Deputy Chief Executive Mike Parker, said: “We believe there should be a complete ban on discards, which is a senseless and unethical waste of natural resources and a barrier to proper fisheries management.”

Discarding is a major issue particularly in ‘mixed’ coastal fisheries such as those around Britain, where many types of fish exist together, making it harder for fishermen to target individual species. Current quota regimes then prevent the vessel from landing everything it has caught.

And, Young’s ‘Fish for Life’ campaign recently has recognition this month, in the form of the IGD ‘Environmental Sustainability Award.’

The awards are recognised as the UK seafood industry’s most well-developed and respected sustainable fisheries programme and is the second major award for Young’s environmental approach this year.

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