Squid and chips is the future says UEA scientist

PUBLISHED: 13:02 12 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:36 13 December 2016

Squid and chips could be set to replace cod and chips on dinner tables. Picture: HANS HILLEWAERT/LAUREN ROGERS

Squid and chips could be set to replace cod and chips on dinner tables. Picture: HANS HILLEWAERT/LAUREN ROGERS

Hans Hillewaert/Lauren Rogers

Squid and chips could become the meal of choice for diners enjoying a seafood supper.

Scientists have predicted that global warming is set to result in the dish taking on a distinctly Mediterranean flavour.

Research led by Dr John Pinnegar of Lowestoft based Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), reveals that as UK waters warm due to climate change, cold water fish such as cod are gradually being replaced by warm water species like squid.

Dr Pinnegar, who is honorary reader at the UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences, said: “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.”

Data shows that squid numbers have increased dramatically over the past 35 years.

At the same time formerly abundant cod and haddock shoals have moved into colder more northerly waters. I

“Our models for 2025 and beyond suggest that seawater temperature may continue to rise in the future,” explained Dr Pinnegar.

“As a result, UK waters will become more hospitable for some species and less suitable for others, with the overall result that most commercial species will move northwards.”

Award winning Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston said squid was already becoming a regular fixture on his menus.

Mr Blackiston, who owns the Morston Hall hotel and No1 Cromer fish and chip restaurant, said: “I love squid, we are using it quite a bit on our menus currently. It is sustainable and if we can catch more of it then that would be great. Squid is seeing a growth in popularity, it is very versatile and something that can be steamed, fried or braised.”


  • Squid is not Fish... And a totally different thing altogether ... If squid and chips was the new offering on the chip stalls... Not many stalls would be still open after a year.. Or fish shops ... Who actually eats squid regularly today ... Squid and chips... Count me out...

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    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

  • Love it, get back control, get back your fishing, only problem is, fish will have all swum off into someone else's waters. I can just imagine the odd tiger shark off wells chomping on the bather's.

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    Monday, December 12, 2016

  • I love eating squid, but it is nothing like cod so I struggle to see how it can be a direct substitute.

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    Monday, December 12, 2016

  • Squid is a very fine cephalopod to eat. Of course, it always sounds a bit exotic and tastier when you call it "calamari".

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    T Doff

    Monday, December 12, 2016

  • Why not? Squid is nutritional and we can't continue to selfishly tuck in to the cod supplies. We should be eating all kinds of different things. Let's see more rock salmon for a start

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    Monday, December 12, 2016

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