MasterChef in trouble

TV Show>> Fishing • UK

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageThe UK edition of the popular foodshow MasterChef has landed itself in trouble by giving Scottish fisherfolk the wrong advice about eating cod. Fishing crews are furious with the BBC show for it gave links to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) website for advice on sustainable fish in the end titles. MCS lists cod as a “fish to avoid”, claiming that stocks in the North Sea, Irish Sea and west of Scotland are among the “most depleted”. But the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation says the advice is “a kick in the teeth” for fishing crews. The federation's chief executive, Bertie Armstrong, said, “Scottish fishing has tried extremely hard to be sustainable...If anybody buys fish in the UK it has been fished within a quota and is sustainable.” A spokesperson for MasterChef said, “We are keen to give out the right advice with regards to sustainable fish. We refer to MCS’ guidelines but we appreciate this is an ever-changing situation and welcome any updated information.”

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