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Fishy business: Have Europe's fish had their chips?

Fishy business: Have Europe's fish had their chips?
Fishy business: Have Europe's fish had their chips? © FRANCE 24

Cod, herring, sole and plaice: these are some of Europe’s most-eaten fish – and four of the species whose populations are said to be at renewed risk. This comes after European ministers decided to continue over-fishing, despite a longstanding commitment to end the practice by 2020. The decision sparked an accusation of betrayal from the marine protection network "Seas at Risk".

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This all comes at a particularly stormy time for European seas and those who sail in them: with the United Kingdom no longer an EU member, PM Boris Johnson has promised British fishermen he'll "take back control" of their waters.

Our guests are all members of the European Parliament’s Fisheries committee. We're also grabbing our waterproofs and taking you on board a French fishing boat in the English Channel with a special report from our video journalists.  

Presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero, Céline Schmitt, Perrine Desplats and Mathilde Bénézet

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