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Eat Fish from British Rivers?

Discussion in 'Sea Save Foundation' started by Bubblesong, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    This may not spark outrage like the Climate Change Conflagration in the most popular eco threads, but this can have a more personal, intimate affect on the unwary seafood spear fisher:
    Transgender fish found in British Rivers
  2. Gareth J

    Gareth J Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: UK
    As a general rule the British eat very little freshwater fish from British Rivers, lakes etc.

    The only real exception to that would be Salmon and Trout. Salmon is both fresh and salt water, so may well not count and we have a lot of 'farmed' (Scottish) Salmon which makes it a cost effective purchase. The biggest issue with Salmon has been the adverse effects of farmed fish, infections, and feed additives. Although I thing the controls and regulation of this is not quite strict.
    There are other fresh water fish that 'can' be eaten, such as Pike and Eel, but it is very unusual in the uk to actively catch and cook them.

    Interestingly, it is some of eastern european visitors that are likely to attempt to catch and eat freshwater fish. This has been known to cause problems, both with the coarse fishing clubs (catch and return), and those responsible for the waterways. There is probably some legal restrictions on what you can take but because the vast majority don't, I wouldn't have a clue what the law says.

  3. chrisch

    chrisch Solo Diver

    I want to know if they have their own special bathrooms :D
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  4. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    I grew up near Hudson River , NY during PCB contamination, so I did not eat fish for years, but I now eat farmed salmon and trout, and pray the farmed stuff won't have PCB's, mercury, frightful parasites, and now, skewed sexual identity. Wild caught food near urban areas is dangerous in all countries. Ocean caught salmon is too high fat, and I can't even eat that, even though it is supposed to be better for eco and health.
  5. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    On the issue of flushing unused medications down the toilet (in the US), I have had no success finding anyone who will take the unused medications for proper disposal. I was told some pharmacies will take them, but all I have checked with have said they do not. Is there an option for proper disposal in Britain?

    Like recycling, minimizing single-use plastic containers, eating locally grown food, and other things I lump together in my mind as being "green," I WANT to make a difference, but it's often just too difficult.
  6. jstreetley

    jstreetley Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Scotland, UK
    I think our option in the UK is also to return them to a pharmacy. Last time I moved house and had some unused and out-of-date pills, that worked for me but it's only a sample of 1.
  7. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    Our local police station takes them in, since they want to get unused opioids out of people's cabinets.
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  8. BRT

    BRT not a soft touch ScubaBoard Supporter

    I wonder what they do with them?

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