"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea".
Fast forward 16 years and it is a million tonnes of dead cod being chucked back into the sea every year because of EU quotas. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has started a brilliant campaign on Channel 4 to end the waste.
It's great to see this being taken on in such a high profile way. I worked in Peterhead eight years ago and this was causing agitation back then. This has only grown in the intervening years.
They used to talk of butter mountains and wine lakes in Europe. At least a lot of that was shipped around the world and used. The fish seamounts that are being created today are just pure literal waste. The million tonnes that is said to be thrown overboard would equate to 100,000,000 fish. I'm sure there are artists that could project what size that mountain would be.
If you've not signed the petition and seen the site yet, go to www.fishfight.net