As overfishing reduces stocks of cod, are there other types of fish or seafood that we can eat, to make our trips to the chippy more sustainable?
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I hear Scottish scampi are not doing so badly and work well for the whole deep fried thing and most of the trawling happens in areas trawled several times per year (so "ruined" anyway - see the video below). Then there is the whole certification issue which has to help but is often not great for the old food miles.
My local chippy is just round the corner from the first chippy in Britain that was on Old Ford road and they sell a few MSC certified options - something that Mr Malin would have been unlikely to have imagined in 1865.
I sometimes feel that fish is at risk of becoming a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed with a slightly shift glance over the shoulder and a bitter aftertaste. Having worked on long-line, purse seine and beam trawlers there is no getting away from the reality that commercial fisheries are massively destructive. I recently read that chips were first made by the Dutch for hard times when there was no fish to fry - perhaps we should take a leaf from their book and just stick to the chips.
why don't we just not have fish and chips at all?
LETS ALL GO VEGGIE!
(chips are incredibly bad for you anyway.....)
Alforno is right, if the whole world stopped eating fish then the fishing industry would go bust.
(although that would never happen)