As North Sea cod and wild Atlantic salmon added to the at-risk list, calls grow for simplified rules. Shoppers are advised to avoid North Sea cod and wild Atlantic salmon.

Salmon with Herbs
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For what reason do we need sustainable fish labels?

Overfishing is the most significant single risk to marine life, and at any rate, 33% of the world's key populations of fish species are presently overexploited while the vast majority of the remainder are reaching their limits. Meanwhile, climate chaos and the scourge of plastic are just adding to the seas' issues.

Four out of five people agree we should just eat fish that has originated from sustainable sources. There is no solid gauge for the amount of the fish sold in the UK is from sustainable sources, however, proof proposes it might be a minority of the seafood we eat.

How might we abstain from adding to overfishing?

For buyers hoping to eat ethically, judging what fish meets that bill can be tricky, with a plethora of guidelines, coalitions and voluntary codes of practice, and labels that refer to sustainable farming or line-caught methods instead of standard nets.

Photographed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the food market in the downtown area (I forgot the name of it, unfortunately). I waited patiently for this woman to point again at the salmon as the colors really caught my eye and made me laugh. Too good.
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“Don’t be taken in by generic claims about fish being ‘responsible’ or ‘sustainable’,” advises Ruth Westcott, the campaign coordinator at the NGO Sustainable Fish Cities. “Look for those on the Marine Conservation Society fish to eat list, or that carry a Marine Stewardship Council, or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), or the organic symbol.”

What are the MCS and MSC labels?

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) distributes a consistently refreshed Good Fish Guide that lists consumable fish species utilizing a traffic light and 1 to 5 five numbering framework, where a red (5) implies keep away from by and large and green (1 to 2) implies stocks are sustainable, while amber (3 and 4) shows potential issues: 3 for stocks that are tolerable however require improvement, and 4 importance look for options.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) awards fisheries sustainable status, spoken to by a blue tick logo on the mark, because of an assessment of their stocks, the fishing practices utilized and the traceability of the wild fish. To pick up confirmation, fisheries must submit to (and pay for) an independent audit. Approximately 33% of all UK sales of seafood through retailers bear the MSC blue tick, representing about £1bn per year in the shops.