BRITISH 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.