FISH and chips should still be on the menu in York despite a total fishing ban on cod and haddock from British coastal waters next year.

John Oldroyd, a member of the National Federation of Fish Friers, who runs Strensall Fisheries, said the majority of the city's chippies and restaurants buy their fish from elsewhere.

The European Commission in Brussels revealed this week that it is facing its gravest fishing crisis to date and has little choice but to call for a total fishing ban.

Mr Oldroyd told the Evening Press: "Most of the fish and chip shops in York don't use cod from the North Sea. We get it from Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. A total ban is not likely to increase prices that much, but we'll have to wait and see."

A spokesman for the Wetherby Whaler fish restaurant, at Nether Poppleton, said it was expecting prices to rise if a total ban goes ahead.

"We haven't got a problem at the moment because our fish comes from Norway," she said.

Updated: 11:38 Thursday, October 31, 2002