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Food for Thought - Ethical Fish Consumption

UK - Ousting the guilt associated with eating fish may be a little easier, thanks to the coveted blue label of endorsement by the Marine Stewardship Council.

The label has recently been given to mackerel from the North Sea, and off Cornwall and Hastings. And, according to the Guardian, the fishing industry in these areas have met eco-credentials of sustainability and traceability from sea to fork. North Sea, Thames and Hastings fisheries have also made the grade for their herring catches, as have catches for dover sole for the Hastings fleet. Sea bass caught in Bridlington, Yorkshire, has also been given MSC recognition.

Eating cod sourced from British waters will be more difficult for the ethical consumer, says the report unless the organic cod farming business off Shetland is saved from financial crisis.

The MSC's Fishonline website suggests a more ethical option is organically farmed salmon or black bream, sea bream and flounder from Cornish waters or off the north and north-west coast of Wales.

View the Guardian story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy

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