Fish to avoid
According to the reports from the Marine Conservation Society, many fish are under threat and we should avoid them altogether. They include: Atlantic cod from the North Sea, the Irish Sea and caught off the west coast of Scotland, as well as Atlantic haddock, European hake, North Atlantic halibut, monkfish and swordfish.
But avoiding fish on the no-no list isn’t easy. Since January 2002 EU legislation has demanded that all whole fish and fish fillets, whether on wet-fish counters or pre-packed, should be labelled with species and origin – for example, ‘cod: north-east Atlantic’. However, not all retailers are complying.
One huge problem is that labelling regulations currently do not differentiate between cod caught in the areas we should avoid, and cod caught in areas where supplies are sustainable such as cod from Icelandic waters, they can all legitimately be described as having been caught in the ‘north-east Atlantic’. The MCS is currently pressing the Food Standards Agency and supermarkets to help consumers by enforcing clearer labelling.
- Atlantic cod from the North Sea, Irish Sea and West Coast of Scotland
- Atlantic haddock
- European hake
- North Atlantic halibut
Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to cod. Rick Stein says: “There are enough fish species caught around the coasts of Britain for us to eat a different kind every week of the year, John Dory, megrim, gurnard, wolf fish and black bream to name but a few. By eating a wider variety of fish you will directly contribute to sustainable fisheries.”
Henrietta Green, Good Food’s local and speciality food consultant, agrees: “All too often we are put off by the name of fish. I love dab, for example. And do check out farmers’ markets as in some areas you’ll find good quality fishmongers who buy locally landed fish.”
Other fish to try
- hake from South Africa
- line-caught haddock from Iceland or the Faroe islands
- Greenland halibut
Fonte: BBC – Good Food Chanel