Waitrose backs call for cod catch ban – Fishupdate.com

Waitrose backs call for cod catch ban Published:  18 October, 2006

IN the week that has seen fresh calls for a a ban on North sea cod fishing, supermarket giant Waitrose has added its support for such measures.

For the supermarket says it stopped buying cod from the North Sea seven years ago due to concerns over declining stocks.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) will this Friday release a report on the status of fish stocks. But in details already released, the Council – which consists of more than 1600 marine scientists from 20 countries around the North Atlantic – will recommend that no cod is sourced from the North Sea in the coming year.

Responding to the ICES report, Jeremy Langley, specialist fish buyer at Waitrose said:

“We welcome this advice from ICES, and are pleased that this is an issue which is moving up the industry’s agenda. We stopped buying cod from the North Sea seven years ago due to concerns over declining stocks.

“Ensuring a sustainable supply of fish has been top of our agenda for over ten years now. And we’re not alone in seeing this as a priority – in an recent independent YouGov survey we found that 77% of people would like help in making ethical choices. Reports such as this outline the need for the industry to work together to help ensure a sustainable supply of the nation’s favourite fish. This includes equipping shoppers with the knowledge to make ethical choices when choosing which fish to buy.”

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