Seafood sustainability: Fishy facts

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The information below is a summary of that featured on the Marine Conservation Society's species guide website, MCS Fishonline. Suppliers should be...

The information below is a summary of that featured on the Marine Conservation Society's species guide website, MCS Fishonline​. Suppliers should be able to provide more detailed information

  • Cod: All North East Atlantic cod stocks are overfished. Choose line-caught cod where available, and ask for fish caught using seabird-friendly methods.
  • Haddock: Haddock from stocks in the North East Arctic and in the North Sea are at healthy or sustainable levels and being fished sustainability. Haddock, however, occur in mixed fisheries with other fish such as cod. Choose line-caught, seabird-friendly fish where available to help reduce the impact.
  • Salmon: Pacific salmon are a shorter lived species and much more prolific breeders than Atlantic salmon. Stocks of wild Atlantic salmon are overfished - the species is widely farmed, but there are a number of environmental issues related to fish farming. Pacific salmon from Alaskan waters is MSC certified.
  • Prawns: Northern prawn are cold-water crustaceans distinct from warm water species found in tropical waters. The status of prawn stocks is generally unknown and subject to large natural fluctuations. Choose prawns taken in fisheries using sorting grids to reduce catch of non-target species.
  • Scampi: Trawl fisheries for scampi are associated with large quantities of by-catch including protected species such as cod and juvenile fish. Increase the sustainability of the scampi you eat by choosing pot or creel-caught (basket) rather than trawled scampi.

For more information go to MCS Fishonline

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