Wednesday, 19 July 2017

North Sea cod now sustainable and can be eaten with "clear conscience", fisheries body has said

North Sea cod is now sustainable and can be eaten with a "clear conscience", a fisheries body has said.

The fish has been considered under threat for more than a decade after stocks fell to 36,000 tonnes in 2006.

But the industry has agreed measures to help regenerate the population, including new nets and closing spawning areas to fishing.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) said it could now be sold with its "blue tick" label.

The label indicates that North Sea cod caught by Scottish and English boats is "sustainable and fully traceable".
Cod stocks in the North Sea reached 270,000 tonnes in the 1970s. After the 2006 low, the fishing industry began work with the Scottish government and the EU Fisheries Council to agree a recovery plan.

The MSC said the announcement that cod was now sustainable was a "momentous achievement" for the industry and was the result of work of a coalition of fishing organisations, supermarkets, seafood brands and the industry body Seafish.

However, conservation body WWF has warned that historically, the population of North Sea cod remains at a low level.

The stocks have to be independently assessed before they can be given the MSC blue tick.

BBC     News.