Extreme Fishing With Robson Green 2010 – Episode 6: West Africa

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Having watched Episode 5 and not being able to say anything witty or sensible about it as it was a bit dull, Tangodiver cautiously watched last night’s episode and did some knitting at the same time.

This time we found Robson Green on the West Coast of Africa.  That guy gets to go to many interesting places.  Fishing off the coast of Africa has been very productive for Mr. Green.  It seemed that he caught something every time he cast his line.  Lucky him!  The little man was so ecstatic that he didn’t quite know what to do with himself.

While Robson was congratulating himself, Tangodiver carried on knitting while keeping a sharp eye on the catch.  For most of the program, there wasn’t anything that Robson caught that Tangodiver wouldn’t eat – snapper, jack, barracuda, dorado.  All was good until the end.

Before the end of the programme, there was an advertisement for another competition to go shark fishing in Florida.  Unbelievable!  People wonder why those little lionfish are proliferating along the Atlantic Coast?  Tangodiver doesn’t.  She guesses that the lionfish haven’t got any predators because fishing is big business off of the coast of Florida and shark fishing is part of the problem – and they don’t even eat them there!  They kill them for sport!

Tangodiver was now sufficiently traumatized from watching the ad for the shark competition.  That was nothing compared to what she saw next.  One of the boat guys caught a nurse shark on a line.  While they were bringing it in, Robson was spouting doo doo about what a fierce predator it was and how dangerous it is and how he would be standing at the front of the boat when they brought it in.  Robson, you idiot, you should learn more about sharks.  It is only dangerous to other fish!  Tangodiver nearly slipped a stitch while watching this poor little nurse shark being hauled onto the boat and finding out they were going to give it to the chief of a tribe because they eat them.  Why didn’t they just cut the line and throw it back in the water and give the chief the four large jacks and the barracuda they just caught instead?

So while Robson was presenting his shark gift, Tangodiver put down her knitting and drank wine instead, to calm her nerves.  This programme has a warning about strong language.  It should contain a warning about unethical fishing.  Tangodiver wonders what dumb ass fishing incident will be taking place next?  Stay tuned.

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3 responses

  1. I happend to flick through channels (to make a point I dont watch Green’s programmes) and see the poor beautiful shark being hauled onto the boat.. I was waiting for them to release it back. But no. I was fuming.

    I have just logged a complain with OfCom.

    https://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk

      • Here is the reply from Channel 5
        Your Reference: VA/894098/DT/C7F (Please quote this reference in all further correspondence)

        Date: 23rd November 2010

        Dear A Toth

        Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding Extreme Fishing With Robson Green. We apologise for the delay in responding.

        We were sorry to read that you were unhappy with the shark fishing that was featured in Episode 6 from Series 3 of the programme. As a public service broadcaster, Five is always mindful of the sensibilities of its viewers, and would not intentionally broadcast harmful or offensive material. In this instance, the vast majority of our audience appears to have enjoyed the programme and to have taken it in the spirit in which it was intended – namely, as an exploration of the many extreme salt and fresh-water fishing practices which exist around the world.

        We set out in this series to take Robson (an enthusiast, but not an expert as he repeatedly admits) on more extreme fish-finding missions. Wherever he went, he experienced how they fish in that country – whether it was floating down a river, hand-lining, fishing with fruit, hooks, squid or bows and arrows. It set out to be extreme; it’s not fly-fishing – that’s what he does back home. Consequently, the niceties of British sporting angling may not always have been respected. The techniques and scenes depicted merely reflected what actually happens, on a daily basis, in the places we visited. Out of respect to our viewers, it is not our business as a broadcaster to sanitise the practices and cultures of the diversity of peoples featured in the series. Hence, whilst we are very sorry if this programme upsets any viewers, we do defend our right to broadcast it.

        Nevertheless, this does not diminish the validity of your opinions and we are grateful to you for taking the time to make us aware of your concerns. The details of your complaint concerning the competition and the subject matter of Episode 6 from Series 3 have been noted in our Viewer Enquiries Report. This is circulated throughout the company and will be seen by all relevant personnel.

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        Thank you for your interest in Five.

        Yours sincerely
        David
        VIEWER ADVISOR

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