A leading fisheries chief is calling on the public to ignore advice from the Marine Consevation Society and eat more Scottish-caught fish.
Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, made the call after the MSC failed to rmove North Sea Cod from its list of fish to avoid.
The group says it is still too soon to remove the species from its danger list, despite signs of recovery, adding that Cod should remain firmly off the menu of households.
A spokesman for the group said that while the efforts of fishermen and managers had seen stocks on the road to recovery, its advice remained to seek alternatives.
“There are more sustainable cod fisheries that we currently rate as fish to eat,” she said.
However, Mr Armstrong condemned the advice stating that he firmly believed that North Sea cod was a sustainable choice for consumers.
“The scientific advice indicates that sock levels will continue to rise in the future, thanks to the sustainable fishing practices adopted by our fishermen,” he said.
“Indeed, the majority of stocks of interest to Scottish fishermen are increasing - and important species such as Scottish haddock, saithe and herring are all independently certified by the Marine Stewartship Council for the responsible manner in which they are harvested,” he said.
Mr Armstrong added: “Our unequivocal message to the consumer is to eat more Scottish fish - and that includes North Sea Cod!”
As well as failing to remove Cod from its ‘fish to avoid’ list, the MSC has also added sea bass to the banned list.
And it warns that monkfish should be a fish only to eat occasionally because stocks are declining.