Cod, eels and sea bass are at risk of dying out under government plans to relax fishing quotas, the Marine Conservation Society has warned.
Urgent measures are being put in place to help the fishing industry, which is facing trouble due to restaurants, hotels and pubs closing and the export market disappearing.
The government has already announced £10 million in funding to keep businesses afloat, and is in talks with fisheries and conservationists about how to relax regulations.
The Telegraph understands that measures being discussed include letting fishing businesses catch extra next year to make up for a shortfall in 2020.
These measures may put struggling stocks at risk, the Marine Conservation Society has warned.
Their head of fisheries, Sam Stone, said: "At this stage we don't know which measures will be taken forward but some which have been suggested would make us worried about the risk to sustainability of stocks.
A Defra spokesperson said: "The government has been working closely with the fishing industry to support the industry through this challenging period. Together with national fisheries authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the Government is also exploring methods to reduce the regulatory burden on the fishing fleet. These measures will be agreed jointly by the fisheries administrations and announced in due course. "
Mr Stone said: "We would encourage supermarkets to stock a wider range especially now it's available and for consumers to consider buying something they don't normally buy. We only regularly eat five species and there is a lot around at the moment." https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/0 ... ationists/