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The Nutritional Benefits of Fish Inverness

Fish stocks are increasingly a cause of concern and fish from the oceans is often polluted with heavy metals. Yet fish is touted as being healthy, low in fat and brimming with vitamins.

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The Nutritional Benefits of Fish

The Nutritional Benefits of Fish

What are the nutritional benefits of fish?

Fish stocks are increasingly a cause of concern and fish from the oceans is often polluted with heavy metals.

Yet fish is touted as being healthy, low in fat and brimming with vitamins.

What's the truth? Should fish form part of a healthy and eco-friendly diet?

Just how green is it to be eating fish regularly? And is it really so beneficial for our health?

This page explores some of the benefits of fish for our health and the environmental effects of the fishing industry.

The nutritional benefits of fish: some key facts

Fish typically contains good amounts of proteins and fats.

Oily fish such as mackerel and sardines contain which are particularly beneficial and may have a role in preventing heart and artery diseases.

These oils also help prevent arthritis and help older people to maintain flexible joints and healthy muscles.

Fish also helps the memory and keeps our immune systems and eyesight in peak condition as it is a good source of vitamins A and D.

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That's the good news...

The nutritional benefits of fish:

So what are the problems?

Overfishing is one of the main problems.

We have just got too good at fishing. The technology has overwhelmed the natural supply. Factory ships now ransack the oceans for fish, hoovering up shoals and there are few areas left which do not come in for heavy fishing.

Here in the EU limits and quotas have been set for fishing fleets but still the problem remains; fish in the North Sea around Britain are getting scarcer and smaller. Cod caught in the North Sea are rarely more than two years old - not old enough to breed.

Fishermen themselves are likewise becoming an endangered species; they have declined in the UK by more than 60% in just ten years.

20% of the world's population is dependent on fish as the major source of protein, so over-fishing is a huge issue.

Unfortunately, when peoples' immediate livelihood is involved it is easy to take refuge in denial! Many fishermen continue to believe that the problem is being over stated and that fish stocks will recover.

In the 1990s the fishing industry in Newfoundland collapsed, owing to over-fishing. It has not yet fully recovered.

Over-fishing is rife in the Mediterranean too.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) has claimed that bluefin tuna will soon be lost forever from the Mediterranean if no action is taken. Nearly one bluefin tuna in three is caught illegally in the Mediterranean. French fishing fleets recently admitted to having caught more than half again of their alloted quota. And there are plenty more instances of illegal fishing.

Here's how over-fishing works in the Mediterranean:

In May Atlantic Bluefin tuna go to the warmer waters of the Mediterranean to breed.

Spotter planes and helicopters are waiting for...