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Mackerel dispute ... sounds a bit fishy, to me.


Aitchbee

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The Marine Conservation Society says mackerel should be eaten less often and people should eat 'herrings or sardine' instead.

Having many years ago 'upgraded' to tinned mackerel fillets [handy ring-pulls] from sardines and pilchards [Herring is nice also but triggers off my gout attacks], I will be very disappointed if I cannot buy the fish from my local bigname store ... namely Lidl, who stopped selling tinned sardines some years ago.

What do you think?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21119899

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Quickbeam

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Holy mackerel!

Is this the end of a summer mackerel sky? A sardine sky doesn't have the right sort of ring pull to carry it off...

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Quickbeam

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And with the new technology coming soon, can we print our own from an olive oil or tinned tomato cartridge?

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Aitchbee

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QB - it's not funny ... I'm on two tins a day ;o(

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Quickbeam

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This sounds even more fishy.

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Forum Editor

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There should be no reason why your supermarket not to have mackerel at all. All that's happening is that people are being asked to eat it less often, and choose herrings or sardines instead.

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Jock1e

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The only way folk started eating Mackerel was because of the depleted stocks of Herring.

I can't believe the stocks of herring have increased already.

In the early 40s I don't think anyone would eat Mackerel it was classed as a Scavenger and the colour of it was not very nice.

The Herring stock was at it's lowest and yes Mackerel took over.

Even the cat would not eat it in our day.

I used to slice them and dice them and use them for bait when I was about 7 yr old.

The heads were good for catching crabs.Now if anyone gave me a live fish to cut up now I would probably be sick.

If I remember correctly the FE likes his piece of Mackerel every now and then.

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Aitchbee

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Nice link, QB.

You may be right there, FE, but I would expect the price of mackerel to go up. I will be stocking up!

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Quickbeam

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I'm quite partial to peppered hot smoked mackerel for a change from kippers for Saturday teatime.

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Forum Editor

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"If I remember correctly the FE likes his piece of Mackerel every now and then."

When I was a teenager I used to spend summers with a few friends, camping on a small daffodil farm in the Isles of Scilly. The farmer would often take us out in the evenings to fish for mackerel from his small boat. There were so many fish we would get a big boxful in no time, and would come back to the small island beach in front of his farm to cook the fresh Mackerel over a fire.

Some fresh crusty bread, tomatoes with Olive oil, and a bottle of wine as we watched the sun setting after a hot day completed some of the best fish meals I have ever tasted.

Happy days.

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canarieslover

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There is nothing I like better than freshly caught and cooked mackerel. Smoked mackerel isn't too bad but I have to draw the line at 'fresh' mackerel from the wet fish counter at the supermarket as it just doesn't taste the same.

Aitchbee

Your Lidl must have a different stock policy to our local shop as I buy their sardines almost every week. At 33p per tin they are also excellent value.

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