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No UK fisheries go ‘green’ in MCS's latest Good Fish Guide ratings

More than 100 ratings for 45 different species of fish that are caught within the UK’s exclusive economic zone are red-rated in the Good Fish Guide.

The latest Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Fish Guide ratings changes show a "disappointing" lack of movement for UK fisheries both onto the 'Best Choice' list, and off the 'Fish to Avoid' list.

In addition, the charity said with Brexit, in whatever form, just around the corner, without strong post-Brexit fisheries management more fisheries could find themselves being red-rated and moved onto the Fish to Avoid list.

More than 100 ratings for 45 different species of fish that are caught within the UK’s exclusive economic zone are red-rated in the Good Fish Guide.

"While there have certainly been improvements in fisheries management over the last decade and subsequent improvements in the health of many fish stocks, progress has now stalled," said Samuel Stone, head of fisheries and aquaculture at the MCS.

"Brexit will be the catalyst to either reignite improvements or result in a further decline in the health of UK fisheries."

But it’s not all bad news. Some of the larger fisheries for targeted species like coley (saithe), sprat, hake, plaice and haddock are doing fairly well with green and yellow ratings.

However, there is a long way to go for several shellfish fisheries for scallop and whelks, as well as many other smaller fisheries for red mullet, grey mullet, cod, whiting, seabass, shark, skate and rays, most of which are either red or amber rated on the Good Fish Guide.

Despite being smaller, these fisheries are often extremely important for coastal communities and have a vital role to play in their environment and need to be better managed.

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