Josh Brolin poses naked with Hawaiian wahoo fish to highlight plight of marine life

The deadline set by the EU for ending overfishing of fish stocks is 2020 and celebrities are joining in the movement to stop overexploitation of the ocean

                            Josh Brolin poses naked with Hawaiian wahoo fish to highlight plight of marine life
Josh Brolin (Source:Getty Images)

We are just done watching Thanos win the Avengers: Infinity War and Marvel superhero movie Deadpool 2 is releasing this week. But it's not just the cinematic endeavours of Josh Brolin that is making him a much talked about celebrity.

Earlier this week, the 50-year-old actor was seen posing naked with a fish on his Instagram account, captioned long about a man's relationship with it. The post attracted more than 100,000 likes and showed the actor holding a sustainably fished wahoo (Ono) from Hawaii.

This picture, however, had a serious cause. It was a part of the Fishlove photography project, which raises awareness of unsustainable fishing practices that are destroying the earth’s marine ecosystem. Brolin’s image is one of many this year from Fishlove, in partnership with Our Fish, which campaigns to ensure European governments achieve sustainable fish stocks in European waters.

“The series we’re putting together now will feature some of the most recognizable faces on the planet,” says Nicholas Röhl, co-founder of Fishlove with Greta Scacchi, who has recently returned from his first trip to Los Angeles.

“Fishlove is a visual petition by actors and well-known personalities who want overfishing to end,” he says.

Fishlove has already attracted the support of Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Michael Gambon, Sir Richard Branson, Melanie Laurent, Fiona Shaw, Terry Gilliam, Kenzo, Dame Judi Dench, Emilia Fox, Mark Rylance, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Imelda Staunton – all of whom have posed with fish, in a call to save our seas from over-exploitation.

“The Year 2020 sounds like a dystopian Hollywood movie – yet this is the deadline set by the EU for ending overfishing of fish stocks and we are now hurtling towards it, with our governments asleep at the wheel,” said Our Fish programme director Rebecca Hubbard.

“Overfishing and climate change are putting fish stocks under pressure, and threatening the health of ocean ecosystems and food security.”

“Even though a ban on discarding fish is being phased in, behavior at sea hasn’t changed: there are still tens of thousands of tonnes of fish being thrown overboard in European waters. Every EU country must enforce the discard ban and put an end to illegal and unreported discarding, and end overfishing.

"Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and the UK are the most important players and must work together to reach European and international targets – and return European fisheries to a healthy state.”

A petition to end overfishing and discarding, and protect European marine environments, has over 179,000 signatures.