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  Cod gets the chop from fish fingers
Updated 08 October 2001, 18.37
fish fingers
The staple of school dinners throughout the land, the humble fish finger is to get a radical make-over.

Fish fingers are a national treasure, but would you eat them if they weren't made of cod?

Alternative fish

Fact File
Fishy Facts
Brits eat about one million fish fingers a day
Cod stocks have dropped by over two thirds in 30 years
Hoki and pollack fishes will be used instead of cod
Scientists at a Suffolk laboratory have helped the makers of Britain's favourite fish snack decide to stop using traditional cod in its famous fish fingers.

Birds Eye have announced they are looking for alternative fish for their products after official figures compiled by the Government's Fisheries Laboratory in Lowestoft revealed that stocks of cod were at an all-time low.

The amount of cod in the North Sea has declined by more than two thirds in the last thirty years.

Over-fishing

cod
Not enough cod to go round
The major problem was over-fishing which meant that fish did not grow old enough to breed before they were caught.

Now Birds Eye has declared that it will be using alternative white fish like hoki from the Southern Ocean and pollack from the North Pacific.

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