Fishing ban threat to pub menu favourite

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The traditional pub favourite of cod and chips could soon be off the menu if a proposed ban on cod fishing goes ahead.Scientists have recommended a...

The traditional pub favourite of cod and chips could soon be off the menu if a proposed ban on cod fishing goes ahead.

Scientists have recommended a ban on cod fishing off the west of Scotland, in the North Sea and in the Irish Sea. This is to take the pressure off fish stocks and let them recover from over-fishing in the past.

According to a report by the scientists and despite other conservation efforts, cod stocks are still at "very low levels".

UK fisheries minister Ben Bradshaw said: "The situation does look very bleak. We don't want to take such drastic measures that we don't have an industry left which could benefit from any cod recovery."

Meanwhile, gastropub favourite salmon has also come under threat. According to the BBC, escaped farmed salmon have been breeding with native salmon which harms their ability to survive in the wild.

It is thought that about two million Atlantic salmon escape from farms each year. Now scientists fear that if this continues Atlantic salmon may die out.

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