Eyemouth glad cod stocks are back on menu

Cod ready for delivery  Pic.... Neil Hanna
Cod ready for delivery Pic.... Neil Hanna

Berwickshire has welcomed news that North Sea cod has been taken off the Marine Conservation Society’s list of fish to avoid eating.

The charity had previously said cod should not be eaten due to its precarious sustainability.

James Cook, managing director of D R Collin, said that “the science has now caught up with what fishermen have been saying for years, and we’re delighted.”

He added: “The evidence has been there ‘on the ground’, so to speak, for years.

“This is good for the industry as a whole.”

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead said the news was: “a real milestone for the industry and I very much welcome this vote of confidence in north sea cod.

“This reflects on all the hard work put in by our fishermen to conserve the stock over many years now and shows a number of Scottish initiatives are having a positive impact.

“It’s been a long haul but is now paying well-deserved dividends in growing stock abundance. I also understand the stock is going through an assessment to be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.”