Masterchef in trou­ble

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he UK edi­tion of the pop­u­lar foodshow MasterChef has landed it­self in trou­ble by giv­ing Scot­tish fish­er­folk the wrong ad­vice about eat­ing cod. Fish­ing crews are fu­ri­ous with the BBC show for it gave links to the Ma­rine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety ( MCS) web­site for ad­vice on sus­tain­able fish in the end ti­tles. MCS lists cod as a “fish to avoid”, claim­ing that stocks in the North Sea, Ir­ish Sea and west of Scot­land are among the “most de­pleted”. But the Scot­tish Fish­er­men’s Fed­er­a­tion says the ad­vice is “a kick in the teeth” for fish­ing crews. The fed­er­a­tion's chief ex­ec­u­tive, Ber­tie Arm­strong, said, “Scot­tish fish­ing has tried ex­tremely hard to be sus­tain­able...If any­body buys fish in the UK it has been fished within a quota and is sus­tain­able.” A spokesper­son for MasterChef said, “We are keen to give out the right ad­vice with re­gards to sus­tain­able fish. We re­fer to MCS’ guide­lines but we ap­pre­ci­ate this is an ever-chang­ing sit­u­a­tion and wel­come any up­dated in­for­ma­tion.” buy­ers. Wildlife of­fi­cer Peter Carstairs said the man was likely to face hefty penal­ties. Carstairs said lo­cal res­i­dents con­cerned about the man’s ac­tions had made com­plaints to the depart­ment, which led to the wal­laby's seizure. “It is il­le­gal to sell or pos­sess any part of a na­tive an­i­mal in Western Aus­tralia un­less you have a wildlife li­cence. There is a black mar­ket trade in wildlife and it is a prac­tice that must be stopped,” he added.

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