Mackerel no longer a sustainable option

Mackerel is no longer a sustainable choice of fish, according to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

The fish has been removed from the MCS’s latest Fish to Eat list and the charity states that it should now be regarded as a fish to eat only occasionally.

The downgrading is a result of overfishing of the stock and could pose problems for those working in chefs jobs in restaurants across the UK.

Bernadette Clarke, fisheries officer at MCS, explained the decision: “The stock has moved into Icelandic and Faroese waters, probably following their prey of small fish, crustaceans and squid. As a result both countries have begun to fish more mackerel than was previously agreed.

“The total catch is now far in excess of what has been scientifically recommended and previously agreed upon by all participating countries. Negotiations to introduce new catch allowances have so far failed to reach agreement.”

The MCS recommends that people switch to eating herring or sardines as a sustainable alternative to mackerel.

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