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    Had(dock) Its Day, Fish & Chips Could Become Endangered Dish in Britain

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    One of Britain's famous and most popular dishes, fish and chips, is in danger of disappearing and becoming squid and chips instead.

    Fish and chips is typically made with cod or haddock which is battered and deep fried and served with salt and vinegar. 

    However, it has emerged that the iconic British dish may take a battering of its own after UK government scientists warned global warming could see cod and haddock swim away from cold British shores and further north.

    Instead, squid or sardines could be the plat du jour, according to UK government scientists from the Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

    "UK consumers enjoy eating quite a limited range of seafood, but in the long term we will need to adapt our diets. In 2025 and beyond we may need to replace cod and other old favourites with warm-water species such as squid, mackerel, sardine and red mullet," Dr. John Pinnegar at Cefas said.

    Cefas has been monitoring North Sea fish populations for more than 100 years and predicts that by 2025, sea temperatures will so warm that cod and haddock could swim away leading to a rise in fish that usually populate warmer Mediterranean waters.

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