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Reaction: Marine Conservation Society downgrades mackerel

by HughFW published on
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It's very sad news that fears about overfishing of mackerel have led the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to take this wonderful fish off their 'Fish to Eat' list. 

Fish Fight always follows the advice of MCS, and we will be updating our iPhone app and website accordingly. 

When we started the Mac Bap campaign 2 years ago, mackerel was certified as sustainable and part of a well managed fishery.

Unfortunately things have changed, and politics and greed are getting in the way of common sense. 

If the countries involved could agree sensible catch limits this could still be a certified sustainable fishery.

We hope that these so called 'mackerel wars' can be laid to rest as soon as possible, so we can all go back to eating mackerel again with a clear conscience. 

MCS are advising that handline-caught mackerel from inshore boats is the best choice to make when eating mackerel, and at our River Cottage Cookery School and canteens we will continue to serve South West handline caught mackerel on an occasional basis, as we do not wish do withdraw our support from small scale local fishermen who are catching mackerel in the most sustainable way possible. We continue to review all our fish sourcing on a regular basis.

You can read more about the recent MCS decision here.

Best wishes,

Hugh x
 

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Very sad, but goes some way to explaining why the catches of macks from Chesil beach seem to have been going down over recent years. There was a lot of talk on the beach last year about trawlers fishing for macks off the Dorset coast...
Perhaps beach fishermen should be more thoughtful too about how many fish they catch or take, many of which are probably wasted and never eaten. Is it finally time for a sea fishing rod licence - I know the amount taken by shore fishermen is small in the grand scale of things but it must make a difference and a licence might make people think about what they are doing a little more...?

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That's a shame, but at least it's good news that they've reacted to the unsustainable ways the fish is caught so quickly. Mackerel is possibly one of the tastiest fish in the sea according to me, nothing can beat a just-caught mackerel with just salt & pepper, maybe some herb, and fried in a pan (or on the grill) until the skin is crisp...

I'm really starting to miss the summer=P

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