Gillian Anderson and other celebrities pose nude with dead fish (for a cause)

FishLove uses provocative photography to call attention to destructive fishing practices

Topics: overfishing, gillian anderson, celebrities, European Union, Seafood, Photography, ,

Gillian Anderson and other celebrities pose nude with dead fish (for a cause)Gillian Anderson poses topless with a conger eel (Credit: Denis Rouvre/Fishlove)

Another day, another semi-nude celebrity photo shoot. But in this case, the stars in question are calling attention not to themselves (well, not entirely to themselves), but to overfishing.

One of Europe’s most bizarre celebrity causes, FishLove was cofounded by Nicholas Röhl and actress Greta Scacchi. For its third annual shoot, it paired photographer Denis Rouch with X-Files star Gillian Anderson, actress Olivia Williams and other European stars, all draped in different varieties of fish. (That’s a conger eel protecting Scully’s modesty, in case you were wondering.)

This year’s campaign coincides with an upcoming vote in the European Parliament to ban the practice of deep sea trawling, a fishing practice that destroys the sea floor and produces a large amount of bycatch. The French government is currently blocking the legislation from passing — hence the large number of French celebrities who appear in the photos.

“Fishing interests, especially in France, are trying to sabotage a plan to ban the most destructive types of fishing in the Northeast Atlantic and members of the European Parliament say they need public support behind them in order to fight back,” reads a petition being circulated with the campaign. “If we join together now we can make sure this fragile ecosystem gets the rescue plan it needs.”

The photos, while a bit disturbing, are also strangely beautiful. Be sure to sign the petition, then check them out below:

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    British actress Olivia Williams with sabre fish.

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    Gillian Anderson, aka Scully, with a conger eel.

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    British actor Nickolas Grace with a red mullet.

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    French actress Aure Atika with a parrotfish.

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    French-Portuguese actress Barbara Cabrita with a herring.

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    French actress Caroline Ducey with a barracuda.

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    French actor Emmanuel de Brantes with a barramundi.

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    British DJ Godlie with a redfish.

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    French/American actor Jean-Marc Barr with a mako shark.

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    BBC star Jeany Spark with a seabass.

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    Opera singer Joanna Bergin with a mackerel.

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    Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada with a bonito.

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    French actress Mélanie Bernier with a European eel.

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    British actor and director Serge Hazanavicius with a thicklip grey mullet.

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    French jazz guitarist Thomas Dutronc with a dusky grouper.

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Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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