The End of the Line

The film shown to Sustainable Bishopston portrayed vividly and emphatically the decline of fish stocks in most oceans and seas of the planet.
Like so many aspects of biodiversity, there is a conflict between our consumption and our growth in human numbers and the survival of other species.
Our case is for sustainability, which implies constraint on all out consumption, stewardship of natural resources and consideration for generations to come.
The task, with care, is not too difficult. The Marine Conservation Society ( informs us of supermarket ratings for sustainable fish supplies – with The Co-op, Sainsburys, Marks & Spenser’s and Waitrose in the lead.
A pocket guide to purchasing sustainable fish can be downloaded from and this guide recognises the Marine Stewardship Label (an oval blue background with white lettering and tick & fish symbol) for easy and sustainable shopping.
The Marine Stewardship Council ( and its labelling covers a surprisingly large range of sustainable fish and a great variety of recipes.
The Marine Conservation Society( has advice on support for fish reservations around the UK and further afield and for improved beaches.
Although seen more easily on the slab than in the sea, fish have become more precious and deserve wise and informed purchasers.

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