Anchovies join cod on threatened fish list
This may be surprising to some people, but the small anchovie fish have now joined other endangered species such as cod, on the threatened fish species list.
The Marine Conservation Society in the UK published their guide to sustainable seafood, and anchovies are not on the list.
By ranking common seafood from 1 for sustainable to 5 for endangered, the society's Good Fish Guide warns shoppers which varieties to avoid.
Sixty-nine received the worst rating of 5, including monkfish from north and northwest Spain, North Sea cod and dogfish. Others to avoid include the Atlantic salmon, common skate and swordfish.
However fish eaters can instead eat pollack, gurnard, and king mackerel.
While conservationists have long warned of the depletion of cod stocks by over fishing, the plight of some fish, such as anchovies may surprise consumers.
Anchovies are used a lot in Mediterranean cooking and in salads and pizza toppings, however the stocks need time to replenish so shoppers and diners are being asked to avoid them.
Anchovies in the Bay of Biscay are at an all-time low and, as there is no sustainable alternative, they have been added to the MCS's updated Fish to Avoid list.
Anchovy populations in the Bay of Biscay have been struggling since 2002, as overfishing left fewer adult fish to provide eggs. The fishery suffered a complete failure in 2004 and is now officially closed.