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Scots urged to make different choices at the chippy

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The Marine Conservation Society has updated its Good Fish Guide, with consumers urged to ditch cod and haddock

Scots are being asked to move away from traditional fish favourites to help support stocks.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has updated its Good Fish Guide, which lists the most sustainable seafood options for consumers.

Shoppers are being asked to replace popular items such as cod, haddock and tuna with species such as hake, herring and mackerel.

The society says now is the time to swap chip shop classics, with Brexit presenting an opportunity for the UK to focus on alternative seafood products.

Bernadette Clarke from the MCS said: “We’re suggesting that dab, hake, herring, mussels and mackerel become the new cod, haddock, salmon, prawns and tuna.

“By choosing from a wider range we’ll be putting far less stress on individual fisheries.”

MCS says there are good reasons for opting for local products, such as a reduced carbon footprint; boosting the local economy and reducing the amount of fish that is imported into the UK.

The Good Fish Guide

Scots urged to make different choices at the chippy
  • Dab, seine netted in the North Sea
  • Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified hake from Cornwall
  • MSC certified herring from Irish, Celtic and North Seas, SW Ireland and Eastern English Channel
  • Mackerel, handlined in the southwest of England, and MINSA (Mackerel Industry Northern Sustainability Alliance) North East Atlantic MSC certified
  • Megrim from the Northern North Sea and West of Scotland
  • UK rope-grown mussels
  • Brown crab from Devon Inshore Potting Area, Western Channel
  • Queen scallops from the Fal Estuary, fished by traditional sail and oar method
  • Pollock handlined from the Celtic sea
  • Dover sole from the Western Channel