New Good Fish Guide ratings show value of UK seafood
Date posted: 2 October 2019
MCS released its newly updated Good Fish Guide ratings today and is urging consumers to shop for seafood caught and farmed off the UK coast.
“UK-caught or farmed seafood can be a great sustainable option when done right, but it’s vital that people take note of what species they’re buying, where it was caught or farmed, and how. The sustainability of the seafood you’re buying varies hugely depending on these 3 things.Charlotte Coombes,
Good Fish Guide Manager
With Brexit on the horizon there are large changes expected in the way the UK’s fisheries are managed and the UK will be taking on more responsibility for managing stocks within our seas. It is more important than ever for consumers to pay close attention to how our UK fisheries and fish farms are doing, and to support sustainable UK seafood.
With many fish stocks in a state of decline and under an increasing array of threats including overfishing, climate change and habitat loss, it’s now more important than ever for consumers to pay close attention to how sustainable their seafood is. 90% of the world’s fish stocks are fully or over-exploited from fishing. Recent figures indicate that 40% of assessed fish stocks in the waters around the UK are currently over-exploited from fishing and the region is set to fail many targets next year needed for healthy seas.
Charlotte Coombes, MCS Good Fish Guide Manager, says “In the UK, we’re creatures of habit, often going back to the same 5 species: cod, haddock, salmon, prawns and tuna, but that’s not always the best environmental choice. We urge people to explore other local seafood which is just as tasty, if not more so, than our kitchen staples.”
“UK-caught or farmed seafood can be a great sustainable option when done right, but it’s vital that people take note of what species they’re buying, where it was caught or farmed, and how. The sustainability of the seafood you’re buying varies hugely depending on these 3 things. MCS’s Good Fish Guide looks at all of these to provide the clearest and most up-to-date picture of the state of the UK’s seafood possible, helping consumers to make sustainable and responsible choices.”
To make some easy swaps to your seafood shopping list, check out some sustainable alternatives to the UK’s most loved seafood…
For more information, and to check the sustainability of a wide array of seafood, visit the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide site here.
Actions you can take
- View the Good Fish Guide online
- Download the Good Fish Guide .pdf
- Download our award winning 'Good Fish Guide App'.
Did you know?…
In the UK we eat 486,000 tonnes of seafood a year, which is 8.2kg per person
41% of North East Atlantic stocks including those around the UK are subject to overfishing
21.7 million tonnes of wild caught fish are not for people to eat; almost 75% of this is to feed farmed fish