North Sea Cod recovering from overfishing

from John Kinsman, Coastwatch St Monans

Sustainably sourced North Sea cod is back on the menu after the Marine Stewardship Council said stocks had recovered from overfishing. Cod levels fell from 270,000 tonnes in the 1970’s to 36,000 tonnes on 2006.

Laws on quotas, modified equipment and closing spawning areas to fishing have helped stocks recover over the past decade. However the WWF has warned that levels of fish remain at historically low levels.

Stocks have to be independently assessed before they can be given the MSC blue tick.