7 questions on sustainable fish

7 questions on sustainable fishes

The Marine Conservation Society has downgraded mackerel from its list of fish suitable to eat, saying international arguments about quotas mean it is no longer a sustainable choice. Test yourself on other sustainable fish issues.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these fish was added to the Fish to Avoid list last year?

  1. Whitebait
  2. Mussel
  3. Turbot

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A sea scuffle between French and British fishermen broke out off the coast of Normandy in October. What fish were they fighting over?

French fishermen
  1. Oysters
  2. Scallops
  3. Langoustine

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Last year there were reports of only 100 of one type of fish left in the North Sea. What fish?

Fishing trawler off Norfolk coast
  1. Cod
  2. Haddock
  3. Plaice

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The trend for sushi has been blamed for an increased demand for tuna. But which type of tuna fish has the poorest MCS sustainability rating?

  1. Bigeye tuna
  2. Albacore tuna
  3. Yellowfin tuna
  4. Bluefin tuna

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Alternatives to popular fish such as cod and haddock have been promoted for some time. Which one belongs to a group of fish known collectively as "sea robins"?

Fishcounter generic
  1. Gurnard
  2. Pollack
  3. Flounder

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following is popular with French cooks and is taking off in the UK as a cheap, sustainable alternative to popular fish - but is a member of the cod family.

Cooking utensils
  1. Tilapia
  2. Pouting
  3. Megrim

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The hoki is used in McDonald's Filet-O-Fish, although conservationists have raised questions about whether its use as a sustainable alternative could lead to overfishing. It's mainly fished off the coast of...

Fish burger
  1. Indonesia
  2. Thailand
  3. New Zealand


  1. It's whitebait. The Marine Conservation Society says harvesting whitebait in large quantities reduces food supplies for other species - such as marine birds - in the food chain. It recommends eating mature sprat or opting for sardines or anchovies as an alternative. Mussel and turbot are both on the Fish to Eat list.
  2. It's scallops. British fishermen claim their French counterparts fired flares and hurled rocks at them in a spat over the right to trawl for scallops off the French coast. The French have a self-imposed season for the five months ending in October.
  3. It's cod. However the BBC's More or Less revealed there are actually about 436,900,000, so the figure was out by about half a billion.
  4. It's bluefin tuna, which has a 5/5 rating. Atlantic stock is estimated to have decreased by 90% since the 1970s. In January, a single bluefin tuna was sold for 155m yen ($1.7m; 1.05m) at the year's first auction at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market in Japan.
  5. It's gurnard, which has the scientific name Triglidae - or sea robbins. The gray gunard its firm flesh is considered to have a robust flavour.
  6. It's pouting, which can be found along the European coast. Historically it was used as a bait for other fish.
  7. The ugly creature hails from the sunless depths of the Pacific off the coast of New Zealand.

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