Overfishing Could Force You to Hold the Anchovies

UK conservation society puts briny salad-topper on ever-growing list of fish to avoid
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2008 10:23 AM CDT
A fisherman releases anchovies from a net in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, southern France. Stocks for the salty fish are depleting in London fisheries.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Anchovies have made a list of "fish to avoid," the Guardian reports—and not for their salty pungency, but because overfishing has left stocks at unsustainable levels. The UK’s Marine Conservation Society—which ranks fish after assessing biology, stock status, and the impact of the farming or fishing method—gave its worst score of 5 to 69 fish, including North Sea cod and Atlantic salmon.

The ranking is specific to where a fish was caught, but customers often don't get such information—leading advocacy groups to push for more detailed packaging. Industry members retort that it could confuse the consumer: “Fish stocks are dynamic and can change their status quite quickly,” says a rep.