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Android users: now you can eat seafood responsibly with the MCS Good Fish Guide app too

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If you’re trying to eat the most responsible seafood about, then the MCS Good Fish Guide app has got the most up to date advice and is now available on Android – downloadable from the playstore for FREE.

The MCS Good Fish Guide, previously only available as an app for iPhone users, brings the definitive guide to sustainable seafood to even more consumers helping them to make the right choice at the supermarket fish counter or at the fishmongers.

MCS Fishonline Officer, Bernadette Clarke says: “The development of this app will enable many more people to access and use our advice, helping them make eating responsible fish their only choice”

Sponsored by Waitrose, it’s a fantastic way to make sure you have the best advice on hand so you don’t end up serving red listed Mediterranean swordfish with your chips when you should be eating its green rated South East Pacific brother, guilt free.

To support the launch of the Android app, Waitrose has commissioned research that shows people are still confused about which seafood they should be eating.

When asked to identify responsibly sourced options less than a quarter of respondents (24% and 21% of people respectively) identified mussels and oysters as fine to eat.  When in fact both are a good option to eat if looking to make responsible choices.

Whereas 14% of people thought whitebait was responsibly sourced – when in fact it should be avoided if trying to choose responsible seafood to eat.

Quentin Clark, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing at Waitrose says “While many people are keen to make responsible choices, these findings show there is still some confusion over the best seafood choices to make.  So we wanted to support the launch of this app to make it as easy as possible for people to find the answers.”

The Waitrose research also finds there are major differences in attitudes towards fish sourcing depending whether people live by the sea or not.  It found more than a third (35%) of people who live by the sea (closer than five miles) definitely agree they would be more likely to go to a restaurant if they knew the fish there has been responsibly sourced – this compares to 22% of people who live further from the sea.

The app is simple to use. No Latin names needed. Just search by common fish name and you’ll get all the information just as you want it – either at a glance or in full detail.

This handy app explains the MCS traffic light ratings system so you know exactly what you can and can’t eat, and the fish that you should eat only occasionally.

The app uses the latest data from the ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) stock evaluations.

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Join us in supporting Dive Project Cornwall Crowdfunder Project

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Do you have a moment to help protect our oceans?

We’re on a mission and have partnered with DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL to help protect our oceans for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL is a unique EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE initiative, reaching over 3,000 schools with their Ocean Education Programme, inspiring the next generation to protect our oceans for everyone to cherish and enjoy.

At the heart of the project is a competition for 400 lucky teenagers to win the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime. They will take the learning from the classroom straight to the shores of Porthkerris on a 6-day, life changing trip where they will learn to scuba dive and be taught the importance of marine conservation. They will become ‘Ocean Influencers’ for the future.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL needs our help.

Can you join us with a gift to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL?

Whether it’s £5 or £50, a gift from you to the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL Crowdfunder Project will help their vision of protecting our oceans through the innovative experience designed for school children.

Will you join us and pledge to support 400 lucky teenagers learn from and EXPERIENCE the ocean like never before and give them an EDUCATION they can use to inspire others, not forgetting the memories that will last a lifetime?

For more information, you can read the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL story HERE.

Help us create the next generation of Ocean Influencers with a donation to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL and ensure our oceans (and planet) are protected for the future.

WWW.CROWDFUNDER.CO.UK/P/DIVE-PROJECT-CORNWALL

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Spring jellyfish blooms bring turtles to UK shores

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Marine Conservation Society’s wildlife sightings project asks beachgoers to share their discoveries and contribute to research

The Marine Conservation Society’s long-running wildlife sightings project focuses on two key species which arrive on UK shores: jellyfish and, as a result, turtles. Both species are vital in supporting ocean biodiversity and are indicators of climate change while being at risk from its impacts.

The charity is asking beach and seagoers to share when they spot either of these marine animals to support ongoing research.

During spring and summer, jellyfish arrive in the UK’s warming waters to feed on plankton blooms or, in fact, anything small enough to get caught. To that extent, jellyfish feed not only on plankton, but also the array of eggs and larvae of fish, crustaceans, starfish and molluscs which rely on plankton as a stage of reproduction.

With healthy fish stocks and rich biodiversity, jellyfish quickly become part of an effective food chain. Everything from tuna to turtles will feed on jellyfish of various sizes, so the population is well controlled. Supported by a rich and diverse ocean ecosystem, jellyfish link the microscopic world of plankton to larger marine animals and the ocean around them.

Jellyfish are especially appealing for marine turtles. Six of the world’s seven marine turtle species have been spotted in UK seas as a result of jellyfish blooms in spring and summer.

The largest sea turtle, and the most common in UK seas, is the leatherback which has a ‘vulnerable’ conservation status. Reporting sightings of these incredible creatures will support the Marine Conservation Society and others in understanding their movements, potential threats and how to better protect them.

Amy Pilsbury, Citizen Science Project Lead at the Marine Conservation Society, said:“For more than 17 years, beachgoers across the UK have been contributing to scientific research by sharing their wildlife sightings with us. It’s a key part of our work and plays a vital role in better understanding and protecting our ocean.”

In 2014, with partners from the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society published the first paper from the survey data, confirming key information about UK jellyfish and including the first distribution maps of the surveyed species.

Since the 2014 paper, the wildlife sightings project has recorded notable events such as massive and extensive annual blooms of barrel jellyfish and several summers of Portuguese Man o’ War mass strandings.

The charity continues to run its wildlife sightings project to see what happens to the distribution and frequency of mass jellyfish blooms over time. The data will help to explore any links jellyfish blooms have with big-picture factors such as climate change.

Jellyfish can be spotted year-round in UK seas, but larger blooms are more likely to appear in spring, lasting through until autumn. Jellyfish sighting records from 2021 suggest that compass jellyfish are the most common around UK shores, making up 36% of reported sightings.

Jellyfish species Percentage of sightings reported
Compass jellyfish 36%
Moon jellyfish 17%
Lion’s mane jellyfish 15%
Barrel jellyfish 14%
Blue jellyfish 9%
Portuguese Man o’ War 6%
Mauve stinger 2%
By the wind sailor 1%

For more information on how to identify jellyfish and turtles, and to report a sighting, please visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website.

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