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    Friday, 17 March 2017

    Haddock Removed from Sustainable Fish-to-Eat List

    Fish and chips are a British classic, a favourite across the country, enjoyed up the chippy, by the seaside or in the comfort of your own home. Your standard option is cod, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll request a haddock to change things up a bit. However, the option of haddock may not be there next time you head to the chippy for a Friday night treat, as the Marine Conservation Society have taken it off the sustainable ‘fish to eat’ list.

    Due to reports of low stock levels, falling below recommended numbers last year, the charity have removed the popular fish from three fisheries’ “green” lists, in order to increase the population of haddock at breeding age.

    The MCS shares their Good Fish Guide, ranking fish from one to five for sustainability – one being most sustainable, five being the least. Two of the three fisheries scored haddock a four, while the third scored it a three out of five,  going from “good choice to buy” to “one to eat only occasionally” – the rankings outlining the clear decline in sustainability. 

    Manager of the MCS Good Fish Guide Bernadette Clarke said, as reported by Sky News: “These ratings changes have come about because scientific perception of the stock has changed.

    “Compared to 2015, the stock numbers in 2016 were below the recommended level and at the point where action is now needed to increase the number of fish of breeding age.”

    Haddock is one of the ‘big five’ British favourite seafood, alongside cod, tuna, salmon and prawns. Many supermarkets are stocking and promoting other species like Basa to substitute, with advice to try other varieties while Haddock is in shorter supply.

    Sustainable Fish Cities recommends fish to swap out from our conventional favourites, in a bid to reduce over-fishing and endangered species, read more on their website.

    Laura Sewell

    An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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