North Sea cod can be eaten with a “clear conscience” from today, over 10 years after its population was close to collapse.  

The fish has now been certified as sustainable by fisheries body the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

In 2006, stocks of the fish fell to 36,000 tonnes and it was considered under threat.

Measures were agreed by the industry to help the population, and now the MSC has said it can be sold with its "blue tick" label.

The tick indicates that North Sea cod caught by Scottish and English boats is "sustainable and fully traceable".

Toby Middleton, MSC programme director, North East Atlantic, said: “Today’s certification marks the end of the cod confusion. If you can see the MSC label on your cod, you know that it has come from a sustainable source. By choosing fish with that label, you will be helping to protect stocks long into the future.”

According to the MSC, cod is one of the most popular fish in the UK and we eat nearly 70,000 tonnes of it each year.