Commenting on the news that North Sea cod has been taken off the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) list of fish to avoid eating, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said:

“Whilst we believe North Sea cod should never have been classed as a fish to avoid in the first place, given that the stock has seen a sustained recovery in recent years, we do nonetheless welcome the positive classification the MCS has now given the fish.

“This remarkable recovery in the North Sea cod stock has been fuelled by a range of innovative conservation measures adopted by our fishermen.

“And it is not just North Sea cod, the majority of fish stocks of interest to Scottish fishermen are in a healthy state and being fished sustainably, which is fantastic news for consumers looking for great tasting and healthy to eat food for their shopping baskets.”