Dab is from the beautiful flatfish family – it's flaky, sweet, juicy and delicious and is similar to lemon sole. Virtually all dab caught – around 96% – gets thrown back into the sea, dead. I think that's an unforgivable waste. If we could all start eating dab now and then, it would really help ease the pressure currently on the big five: cod, haddock, prawns, salmon and tuna. But unfortunately, it's not easy to get at the moment because it's all being thrown back, so we need to start asking for it. Let's create a demand and get it in the shops! Don't be nervous about cooking fish on the bone. It makes the flesh juicier and more succulent, and gives it another dimension of flavour you just can't get with fillets.
Nutritional Information - Amount per serving:
- Calories 720kcal
- Carbs 2.5g
- Sugar 2.4g
- Fat 39.6g
- Saturates 6.5g
- Protein 86.5g
BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH
Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.
When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.
For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:
Marine Stewardship Council