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TV chef's call to 'Save our fish' - full report

A celebrity chef led an army of frogmen and marine campaigners to Westminster today calling on the government to do more to create wildlife friendly zones around the UK.

127 areas off the English coast were recommended to the Government as being in need of protection. Along the south coast 17 zones were considered but only six made the shortlist, in the south east there were 14 but only five chosen. None of the zones around the Isle of Wight were selected.

Conservationists say dredging and trawling is damaging fish stocks - as Phil Hornby reports, speaking to Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and fellow campaigners Tim May and Christine Chester.


TV chef 'fighting for region's fish'

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall outside the Houses of Parliament today. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said it was "vital" that the Government did more to protect UK seas as he led hundreds of campaigners in a march to Westminster in London.

The presenter has urged ministers to increase the number of "marine conservation zones" after more than £8 million was spent on identifying 127 areas where dolphins, seahorses and other rare species most need protection - many zones covering the south east and southern shorelines.