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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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Al94

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The problem appears to be that mackerel are no longer being fished sustainably. Politics and greed are getting in the way of common sense. The feud over mackerel quotas between the EU and Norway on the one hand, and Iceland and the Faroes on the other has hit stalemate. If the countries involved could only agree sensible catch limits this could still be a certified sustainable fishery. The issue could be resolved at a stroke, and we could all go back to eating mackerel again with a clear conscience.

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john bunyan

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In old military days we spent a lot of time on MFV's used as S/M tenders. We caught mackerel, cooked them by boiling in a bucket into which we put a live steam hose to heat it. Then eat within about 20 minutes of being caught. I agree with those who say mackerel need eating very soon after catching as they do not keep well. As has been said we should reduce the amount rather than a total stop. To some extent I am on the Icelanders side as they "won" the cod war and kept their fishery sustainable - unlike us who allowed too much EU access to our historic fishery.

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Quickbeam

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"unlike us who allowed too much EU access to our historic fishery."

That and throwing caught, but dead fish back.

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Aitchbee

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Just a word to avoid confusion, here. The BBC link I gave pertained to The Marine Conveservation Society.

But the MSC - The Marine Stewardship Council is the LOGO that appears on the tins of mackerel which I purchase. Here's what it says [on the tin]:-

"Thank you for choosing seafood that has met the MSC's global standard for sustainability. Together we can help protect fish stocks for the future."

http://www.msc.org/

This just might be another 'scare story' by the media.

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Aitchbee

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silly me ... Conveservation should read Conservation.

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SillBill

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When your brain anticipates "conservation" then that is usually what it "sees" regardless of how you spell it!

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Aitchbee

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...I'm blamin' it on the 'boogie'.

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Bing.alau

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I'm a bit partial to the tinned variety myself. sometimes in tomato sauce and sometimes in olive oil. But they do taste rather strong which some people do not like. I love it. Goes well on hot buttered toast.... Mind you I love the old tinned t.....'. too.

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Quickbeam

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Careful.

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Forum Editor

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Bing.alau

Be afraid....be very afraid.

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