Oh pollocks! UK Mackerel stripped of its sustainable status
by Abi Aldridge
What's Going On Here?
UK mackerel, once considered a sustainable option for fish-eaters, has been stripped of its sustainable status after years of overfishing.
What Does This Mean?
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) came to the decision after a huge drop in mackerel stocks. According to The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), stocks have dropped over 2 million tonnes in the past 8 years, from a high of nearly 5 million 2011.
The good news? A new EU policy from 2020 will mean EU nationals legally have to set more sustainable quotas. Whether the UK decides to follow suit is another question! (Some people think we won’t…)
Why Should We Care?
We also recommended that our lovely curious.readers bought mackerel, as a more sustainable alternative to cod and plaice! In just 12 months mackerel has gone from yay to nay - pretty alarming, eh?! Showing how quickly over-consumption (be it fish, crops, coal, water) has an impact.
So what can you do? We’ve found some tasty alternatives to ‘re-plaice’ your fish and accompany your chips and mushy peas. We love the sound of:
And don’t worry about missing out on omega-3 - it's also found in chia seeds, walnuts, edamame and kidney beans!
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