Monday, 4 August 2014

Gurnard and chips, please: warmer seas change UK fish stock as cod head north

Marine experts say we will soon have to get used to eating hake, mullet and other species as coastal waters heat up

Robin McKie, science editor

The Observer, Saturday 2 August 2014 13.05 BST

Cod and chips could soon become a dish of the past, as Britain's waters become ever warmer. Marine experts have warned that rising sea temperatures are transforming the makeup of fish stocks in our coastal waters.

Where cod and haddock once thrived, sea bass, hake, red mullet and anchovies are now being caught in rising numbers. If Britain wants sustainable fisheries round its shores, it will have to turn to these for the fish suppers of the future, they add.

"We are going to have to be much more flexible about the fish we eat as our coastal waters continue to warm," said Professor Richard Lampitt of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

1 comment:

  1. It does not help our fish stocks, having European neighbours whose fishermen blatantly ignore the rules regarding the size of the mesh of their nets and the size and quantity of the fish caught.


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