So, what if we told you that this iconic species is disappearing from our own home waters – a trend masked by the fact that most cod sold in fish and chip shops now comes from Iceland or Norway?
Every year, the UK Government is advised by top fishery scientists within the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea to set catch limits for cod which are sustainable and would allow us to keep fishing for cod and eating it for generations to come.
However, every year, the UK Government and the EU ignore the science and allow
fishermen to catch more fish than scientists advise. The result? The five breeding populations of cod in UK waters have been so overfished that some have actually collapsed.
The situation is now dire. West of Scotland cod has declined by 92 per cent since 1981, Celtic Sea cod has fallen by 88 per cent since 1980, and Irish Sea cod has declined by 89 per cent from 1968.