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Only six-months worth of fish in the sea

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codBRITISH waters are so overfished they can supply food for only six months a year, a report warned last night.
 
The appetite for fish is so high that, despite intensive fishing methods, British waters can only sustain the nation's tables for half a year.

 

The rest has to be made up from imports.

Next Saturday has been named Fish Dependence Day – the day imports only would kick in if only home-grown fish had been eaten since January 1.
 
Last year the day fell on August 3.
 
Research author Aniol Esteban, of think-tank Nef, said: “Our appetite is putting oceans, jobs and communities at risk. The EU model is not sustainable. We must change.”
 
Reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy will be announced on Wednesday.


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