Matt Slater, Marine Awareness Project Officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“It is clear that warm water species have been doing better in our seas over the last few years. Monkfish, gilthead bream, hake, and sole all have good ratings. Species that are not fairing as well are mainly those who prefer cooler conditions such as cod, whiting, and herring, which are also being heavily fished by the combined European trawler fleet.”
There is increasing evidence that climate change is producing dramatic changes to our planet and although we naturally get fluctuations in temperature over long time scales in our waters, currently we are seeing definite warming. This coupled with fishing effort is having an impact on our fish stocks.
Eating local and choosing wild-caught seafood from well-managed fisheries is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Compared to red meat, fish has a far lower carbon footprint and compared to farmed fish, wild-caught local sustainable seafood has an even lower carbon footprint.
With Brexit looming it is important that everyone tries to eat more locally sourced food. We currently export much of the seafood landed to Cornwall and import much of seafood we eat, but it would make far more sense if we all started eating local seafood regularly. The Trust urges the public to visit the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide website to learn about seafood and to appreciate the wealth of great sustainable seafood we have on our doorstep.