Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

FASHION

Jean-Marc Loubier, bags and shoes.

Read more

ENCORE!

Hip-hop musician Beat Assailant on mixing the sounds of the city

Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • French journalist tells of release from captivity in Syria

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Ukraine: ‘One bloody incident could scupper Geneva deal’

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • Indian election: Votes for sale

    Read more

  • World honours Garcia Marquez’s magical literary legacy

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika clinches fourth term amid fraud claims

    Read more

  • Top Hollande adviser resigns over conflict of interest accusation

    Read more

  • West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus

    Read more

Earth

'Mr. Goodfish' helps fin-lovers go sustainable

©

Text by Charlotte BOITIAUX

Latest update : 2010-05-14

A new sustainable fishing campaign, dubbed "Mr. Goodfish", has reached France. It hopes to teach the French public to stay away from endangered fish, thanks to its guidebook and highly recognizable logo.

French ecologists made a stink when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) failed to ban porbeagle shark and bluefin tuna fishing in March. A month later, a BP oil slick that spread toward the Louisiana coastline sank green morale even deeper.

So this month’s launch in France of the “Mr. Goodfish” campaign is a breath of fresh, clean air for conservationists. The European programme, run under the auspices of the World Ocean Network Association, wants to help consumers buy fish that are neither endangered nor out of season.

Already established in Italy and Spain, the Mr. Goodfish initiative made its French debut Thursday. One of its founders, Philippe Vallette, Director of French sea observatory Nausicaa, hopes to make lasting changes to the eating habits of his compatriots.

"If everyone chooses a Mr. Goodfish instead of another fish, even just once a year, it will have a positive impact on 18,000 tonnes of endangered fish," Vallette says.

A logo for fish lovers

To enable fin lovers to know which fish are fit to fry, a blue logo will don fishmonger’s displays and restaurant menus. Within a few months the logo should surface in supermarkets. "We want to steer consumers towards species that are not under threat," explains Valette.

"We want to highlight the fish that we never hear about, like the whiting, the pout and the saithe,” says Mauguin Philippe, Director of Fisheries at the Ministry of Fishing and Agriculture. “There are other options out there besides bluefin tuna and cod.”

Cataloguing the catch


A list will also be created to designate French fishing zones, which will allow consumers to monitor the species to be protected in specific regions. The inventory, to be published on the Internet, clarifies the endangered status of species and details the best time to eat a particular fish depending on where French consumers live.

An iPhone application is also in the works, allowing even the busiest Parisian to avoid a dreaded fish faux pas.

Date created : 2010-05-14

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Bitter squabbles hamper tuna ban talks in Doha

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)