England may be known for its fish and chips, but British comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry and Scottish singer Paolo Nutini are determined to help our finned friends. Nutini is the latest UK celebrity to join the fight against wasteful fishing practices, as many fishermen will throw dead or dying fish back into the ocean.
The Fish Fight campaign was started by British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who was soon joined by Jamie Oliver. The two have been trying to encourage celebs to publicly oppose throwing away fish, and Gervais, Fry, and Nutini are excellent additions to the cause.
Gervais, who is riding a wave of publicity after insulting half of Hollywood at the Golden Globes, is no surprise addition to supporting animal campaigns: he has already lent his support to stop the baby trade of monkeys for research and to end bullfighting, to name a couple. He has even said that when he shuffles off this mortal coil, he will leave his fortune to animal charities. As far as The Fish Fight goes, Gervais said it “isn’t fair on fisherman or fish-eaters and it certainly isn’t fair on fish.”
Though Nutini hasn’t made much of a musical impact on America yet, his success overseas is undeniable: both of his albums have gone 4x platinum, and his most recent release has been named “Best International Album” at the 2010 Meteor Awards. With that many fans behind him, Nutini is a great catch for the campaign.
According to the Fish Fight website, half of the fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back overboard, dead. To learn more and support the campaign, visit them at fishfight.net.