By Madelyn Kearns, Associate Editor
Published on Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Europeans were able to get back to eating one of their favorite seafood meals, as the popularity and availability of cod rose this past year.
As seafood consumption trended upwards in the E.U. by 3.6 percent to 24.7 kg per capita, and experts predicted that trend to stay on track throughout 2016, Europeans were turning back to whitefish like cod with increasing regularity.
“Compared with a lot of continents, the E.U. is eating a lot of whitefish; the ratios in Asia, Africa and South America are much more balanced between species,” said Xavier Guillou from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA). “But because of its policies and commitment to sustainable fishing, we cannot sustain all of our needs with our own production, so we are importing a lot of our whitefish.”