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Monday, 29 September 2014

Don't buy wild-caught salmon

Level: Advanced C1

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Do you know which fish you should buy and which you should avoid?
Here is a report from the Guardian's environment section about sustainable seafood.

First, before reading, find out what these fish are:

  • Salmon (Atlantic)
  • Mackerel
  • Whiting
  • Cod (Atlantic)
  • Plaice (European)
  • Halibut (Atlantic)
  • Dover/Common Sole
  • Mediterranean Tuna (Albacore)
  • Scampi
  • Sea Bass (European)
  • Turbot
  • Lobster (European)
  • Crab (Edible)

Now, read the article and then answer these questions:

1) What is the MCS?
2) Why does it tells us not to eat wild-caught salmon?
3) Which fish are back on the 'Fish to eat' list?
4) True or false: all cod can be eaten?
5) Where is the most sustainable crab from?

Answers below!


1) Marine Conservation Society
2) Because of depleted stock due to over-fishing
3) Mackerel, herring and halibut
4) False - only cod from the north-east Arctic, east Baltic and Iceland
5) The Western Channel and the Celtic Sea

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