Fish and chips from your local chip shop is one of the great English traditions. However, scientists are saying that it could disappear from English menus and be replaced by squid and chips due to global warming. Yuck.
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The waters around the United Kingdom are being warmed up and this has led to decline in the population of fish like cod and haddock and an increase in warm water species like squid. As such, the government-backed Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) is saying that we may have to replace fish in our diets with squid and sardines. Gross.
Dr John Pinnegar who conducted the research for CEFAS said the following:
UK consumers enjoy eating quite a limited range of seafood, but in the long term we will need to adapt our diets.
In 2025 and beyond, we may need to replace cod and other old favourites with warm-water species such as squid, mackerel, sardine and red mullet.
Our models for 2025 and beyond suggest that the seawater temperature may continue to rise in the future. As a result, UK waters will become more hospitable for some species and less suitable for others, with the overall result that most commercial species will move northwards.
DI would anticipate that currently small-scale fisheries targeting warm-water species such as squid, sardine and anchovy will continue to expand. They will probably represent a greater share of UK fisheries catches in 10 years’ time.
Man, that is so not cool. I mean mackerel and red mullet are OK, but you don’t go down the chippy and order up a battered mackerel and chips do you? It’s just not on.
Cod has been on the decline due to overfishing in the area – dropping from 1.3 million tonnes in 1971 to 295,000 tonnes in 2004 – so this has been a problem for a while and looks as if it may happen in the future. I can only hope it doesn’t because I would hate the idea of not being able to pick up a cod and chips at my local chippy. It would be a national disaster in my opinion.
For an amazing mutant power, check out this dude who can get drunk just by eating chips. Useful.