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Hamsi: Catch Them While You Can?


Things may be going from bad to worse for Istanbul fish lovers. The other day, we learned from The Atlantic the sad story [2] of how mackerel became so overfished in the waters around Istanbul that local fishmongers had to start importing the stuff from Norway so that the city’s famous fish sandwich makers could keep doing their thing. Now, according to the Treehugger blog, Istanbul fish lovers could end up finding themselves unable to find what has always been the city’s most plentiful fish of all – the diminutive and iconic hamsi! More details here [3].

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