North Sea cod back on menu

Published: Friday 25th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Cod caught in the North Sea is back on the menu following the release of new guidelines. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has reversed its previous advice that cod throughout the North Sea should be avoided amid concerns over sustainability levels.

The charity, which works to safeguard British seas, wildlife and shores, says that people can now eat cod on a weekly basis. This follows an upsurge in numbers that has seen the Society take cod off its list of endangered fish and put it on the amber one instead, which indicates that stocks are improving.

The news will be welcomed in the Hull and Grimsby areas, which employ thousands of people in the fishing industry. The MCS’s Samuel Stone called the new guideline a “milestone”, but he has warned against complacency.

Nine other cod stocks are still on the MCS endangered list and Mr Stone cautions that the fish’s stocks may never get back to their 1970s peak. Environmental changes and continued over-fishing led to depleted stocks of cod caught in the North Sea after the early 1980s. The Society says that cod stocks have recovered due to restrictions imposed over the last decade on how many fish can be caught.

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Published: Friday 25th September 2015 by The News Editor

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