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Mackerel Off ‘Fish to Eat’ List

There are other fish in the sea. The Marine Conservation Society, Britain's biggest marine charity, removed mackerel from its “fish to eat” list on Tuesday, saying that the fish should be eaten only occasionally and be replaced with herring and sardines instead. The society says that mackerel have been overfished after Iceland and the Faroe Islands dramatically increased their quotas. But not everyone agrees with the society. A spokesman for the Scottish Fisherman's Federation said, “The stock is actually still well above the precautionary level, even if Iceland and the Faroes continue to do this. You can ignore the MCS advice this year.”