British Shoppers told not to buy wild-caught salmon

British Shoppers told not to buy wild-caught salmon

A marine charity has urged British consumers not to buy and consume wild-caught salmon as overfishing is depleting their population. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) gives ratings to each fish by assessing the relative healthiness of each stock and the sustainability of various fishing methods used.

In the MCS's update of its sustainable seafood guide, wild-caught Atlantic salmon remains on the 'danger list'. Also, in the assessment of the UK's fisheries and stocks, it was found that in Scotland, lack of appropriate

management measures to prevent overfishing of salmon from rivers where stocks are low, and the absence of internationally recognized conservation limits, had resulted in the species slipping into the 'Fish to Avoid' list.
Bernadette Clarke, MCS fisheries officer, said, "Unlike most other members of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (Nasco), Scotland has not yet set conservation limits for its salmon rivers".

MCS also warned that the number of English and Welsh rivers meeting conservation targets had dropped last year to just 30%, from 53% the previous year. However, other favorites continue to have mixed fortunes, according to the MCS "Fish to Eat" and "Fish to Avoid" lists.

The MCS seafood guide has put mackerel from the European Union and Norway on its "Fish to Eat" list along with Northeast Arctic haddock.

The "Fish to Eat" list includes Cod from the north-east Arctic, east Baltic Sea and Iceland, Haddock from the North Sea, Iceland, Seabass & Turbot - only farmed, Whiting from the Celtic Sea and Mackerel only from south-west England.

The "Fish to Avoid" list includes North Sea cod, Halibut and Salmon that's wild-caught in the Atlantic and Dover from west of Ireland and Irish Sea.

Also, the MCS has insisted the shoppers to stick to cod from Marine Stewardship Council-certified fisheries in the north-east Arctic, Iceland or eastern Baltic.

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