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Simon Pegg backs campaign against over-fishing

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Simon Pegg backs campaign against over-fishing by Tree Elven on 02/02/2022
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After months spent investigating and documenting what's going on in so-called Marine Protected Areas around Britain, environmental organisation Greenpeace teamed up with local small-scale fishermen to campaign against the ravages of over-fishing. English actor, comedian and scriptwriter Simon Pegg - known internationally for his role as a quirky sidekick to Tom Cruise's action-man character in the 'Mission Impossible' movies - endorses the new movement to protect the seas along with associated livelihoods. 'High & Dry' tells the story of "what’s really going on out in our oceans and how it’s affecting fishermen's lives", says Pegg, who spent a day with Greenpeace patrolling the English Channel for fly shooters as part of Operation Ocean. "Local fishermen with smaller boats had told the crew that the infamous fly shooters could catch more in an hour than they could catch in a year and that they were ruining our livelihoods and our oceans' health," he says. "As a kid, we never used to go abroad, we used to go to Devon. You're never that far from the sea in this country; we're a little island, it's a huge part of who we are. I think it's very important that it be protected. And that starts with me and you. We need to make noise because the politicians just aren’t doing enough and we need them to act quickly." Does the campaign footage encourage you to do that? Or does the political/ Brexit aspect of '30 years of over-fishing rules' bother you? Perhaps you just like the view expressed by one of the fishermen in the movement, that we need to look back and learn from the old ways in order to protect and live with the Earth in healthy harmony?

Keywords: Greenpeace High & Dry, Simon Pegg Greenpeace, Operation Ocean, over-fishing British waters, UK fishermen, environment, marine life, environmental activism

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