Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Conservationists Are Warning That Cod May Be On the Verge of Extinction Off Great Britain


The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has warned that cod may disappear entirely from British and Celtic sea waters.

The extinction of the species in these waters is due to rising sea temperatures. Cod is a cold-water fish that does not cope well with rising temperatures, which drastically reduces the survival of its young.

Commenting on the dramatic decline in the population, Charlotte Coombes from MCS said to the Express newspaper:

“Off the southwest of the UK, int the Celtic Seas around Cornwall, that population is also critically low and in danger of not being able to reproduce, and it’s same off the western coast of Scotland. When populations get this small, they can’t actually find each other to breed, and once they get to that point they are at risk of crashing and potentially disappearing entirely if they can’t find a way to increase population sizes again.”

As a result, the Marine Conservation Society has sadly added the species to its “fish to avoid” in its Good Fish Guide. The guide aims to educate consumers on which are the most sustainable species to consume.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for