Fish Update Briefing Friday September 25

NORWAY FEARS US-EU TRADE DEAL
A free trade deal between the United States and the European Union, which is expected to be reached soon, could be quite serious for Norway, Vidar Helgesen, the country’s Europe minister, has told Norwegian fishing vessel owners.
He said that Norway was pushing for third parties to be recognised in any such deal, if and when it is signed. The country is worried that tariffs could be placed on its seafood exports as the EU is its largest customer for both farmed and wild caught fish.
 
EAT FISH AND BEAT DEPRESSION
FISH could help protect against depression, an analysis of 26 studies of more than 150,000 people found. The research indicated a 17 per cent reduction in the risk of depression among those eating the most fish.
One potential reason given by the researchers was that the fatty acids found in fish may be important in various aspects of brain activity. Mind, the mental health charity, said the study supported other work showing links between diet and mood.
Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the Chinese researchers said many studies had been done looking at fish consumption and depression, but the results had been mixed. When they looked at different study types, they found that the apparent protective effect of eating lots of fish was specific to studies done in Europe and not those from other areas of the world.
 
NORTH SEA COD STOCK ON THE INCREASE
North Sea cod has been taken off the ‘fish to avoid’ eating list by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) following a recovery in stocks.
Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said: ‘While we believe North Sea cod should never have been classed as a fish to avoid in the first place, given that the stock has seen a sustained recovery in recent years, we do nonetheless welcome the positive classification the MCS has now given the fish.
‘This remarkable recovery in the North Sea cod stock has been fuelled by a range of innovative conservation measures adopted by our fishermen.
‘And it is not just North Sea cod. The majority of fish stocks of interest to Scottish fishermen are in a healthy state and being fished sustainably, which is fantastic news for consumers looking for great tasting and healthy to eat food for their shopping baskets.’