MCS celebrates fish guide with song –

MCS celebrates fish guide with song Published:  25 March, 2008

THE Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has “immortalised” its Good Fish Guide in a song, which is due to be released next month.

The MCS says its Good Fish Guide provides information on which fish are from well managed sources, and are caught using methods that minimise damage to marine wildlife and habitat.

The guide is now “immortalised” in song, as a single to be released by the band Stornoway on April 4. “Not just a catchy tune,” says MCS, “but the Good Fish Guide has an upbeat message of hope for anyone concerned about declining fish stocks and the welfare of our seas.”

Brian Briggs from the band is a conservationist and general fish lover, and wrote the Good Fish Guide song whilst on a field trip in Pembrokeshire.

“I was trapped at the back of a lecture series on evolutionary genetics,” he explained, “and might have died from confusion if I hadn’t spent the time staring at the MCS Good Fish Guide that was stuck up on the wall. I spent three days re-organising fish names into a rhyming, alliterating tongue-twister, and the next three months trying to learn it by heart.”

“As many fish stocks are still in decline, the need for consumers to demand responsibly produced seafood has never been more important,” says Richard Harrington, from the Marine Conservation Society.

“MCS has taken the sustainability message to supermarkets, restaurants and celebrity chefs – hopefully this song will inspire new audiences to buy into the movement towards sustainable seafood.”

The Good Fish Guide song is available to download from eTunes and iTunes with all profits donated to MCS. It also features on Stornoway’s EP On the Rocks, which is available from the same websites and on CD from Truck, Rough Trade, and directly from The CD will contain a free wallet-sized copy of the MCS Good Fish Guide.

As well as the Good Fish Guide book, MCS has produced an online guide to buying eco-friendly fish at is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.