Domestic fish stocks can only meet demand for 233 days a year: report
The UK will be able to meet its fish demand the whole year if its fishing stocks are restored, a study states. (Photo: www.neweconomics.org)
(UNITED KINGDOM, 8/21/2012)
A new report has revealed that current UK fish stocks can only meet domestic demand for fish for 233 days a year – meaning that 21 August is the last day UK residents can eat homegrown fish. To meet demand afterward, the UK imports cod and haddock from as far away as Iceland and China.
Further, currently at least one in three fish eaten in UK comes from outside the European Union (EU) as a result of overfishing practices in UK waters, the 2012 Fish Dependence report shows.
The top fish species imported into the UK in 2010 were cod, tuna, prawn/shrimp and salmon.
According to new research from the New Economics Foundation (nef) and OCEAN2012 the UK would be able to meet its domestic fish demand for the whole year and even become a seafood exporter if it...