Good Fish Guide

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Abalone

Haliotis discus hannai; Haliotis tuberculata

Abalone (called ormer in France and elsewhere) are molluscs, belonging to a group of animals known as gastropods (the same group as whelks). Abalone can be farmed on land in aquaculture systems that are enclosed, referred to as Read more

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Ireland
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — France
Production method — Open water crate
Rating: one info
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Anchovy, anchovies

Engraulis encrasicolus

As an oily fish, their strong flavour is used to add a kick to many dishes and sauces, including Worcestershire Sauce, and they are widely used in Mediterranean cooking. Anchovy fillets are generally packed in oil or salt and sold in jars Read more

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Sustainability range: from two to three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay
Stock detail — VIII
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay
Stock detail — VIII
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Atlantic Iberian Waters
Stock detail — IXa
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at Sea
Capture method — Purse seine
Capture area — Mediterranean and Black Sea (FAO 37)
Stock area — Turkey
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse Seine
Capture area — Eastern Central Atlantic (FAO 34)
Stock area — Northwest Africa
Stock detail — Morocco and Mauritiania
Rating: three info
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Arctic char

Salvelinus alpinus

A member of the Salmonidae family (as are salmon and trout), Arctic char (or charr) are both a freshwater and marine fish. They are native to the cold water of the Arctic and sub-arctic, occupying coastal waters and lakes. It is also a Read more

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Land based flow through and recirculating systems.
Rating: one info
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Basa, Tra, Catfish or Vietnamese River Cobbler

Pangasius bocourti & Pangasius hypophthalmus

The group of freshwater fish known as catfish are captured from the wild or farmed for food and displayed in public aquaria dependant on the species. This farmed species natural habitat is medium to large rivers in Asian countries such as Read more

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Sustainability range: from two to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — ASC certified
Certification — ASC
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Vietnam
Production method — Open net pen, GlobalGAP certification
Certification — GlobalGap
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Vietnam
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: four info
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Bass, seabass (Caught at sea)

Dicentrarchus labrax

Seabass are thick-set fish with silvery-scales and a rapid swimming predator, prized by anglers and chefs alike. Can be roasted, grilled, baked or barbecued, also be steamed or poached. Good with rosemary, garlic or lemon.

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Sustainability range: from four to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West of Scotland, West of Ireland and eastern part of Southwest of Ireland
Stock detail — VIa, VIIb and VII
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay North and Central
Stock detail — VIIIa,b
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay South, Atlantic Iberian Waters
Stock detail — VIIIc and IXa
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Central and South North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Sea
Stock detail — IVb and c, VIIa, and VIId-h
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Central and South North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Sea
Stock detail — IVb and c, VIIa, and VIId-h
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Central and South North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Sea
Stock detail — IVb and c, VIIa, and VIId-h
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Bass, seabass (Farmed)

Dicentrarchus labrax

Can be roasted, grilled, baked or barbecued, also be steamed or poached. Good with rosemary, garlic or lemon. Seabass are thick-set fish with silvery-scales and a rapid swimming predator, prized by anglers and chefs alike.

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Sustainability range: from one to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, GlobalGAP certified
Certification — GlobalGAP
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: four info
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Bream, Black or porgy or seabream

Spondyliosoma cantharus

Seabream are a group of compact, medium-sized fishes known as Sparidae. Their firm white meat is similar in taste and texture to bass and is ideal for grilling, steaming, baking and pan-frying whole. Black bream or porgy are commonly found Read more

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Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Rod & line
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Rod & line
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four info
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Bream, Gilthead

Sparus auratus

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Sustainability range: from four to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Bream, Gilthead (Farmed)

Sparus auratus

Seabream are a group of compact, medium-sized fishes known as Sparidae. Their firm white meat is similar in taste and texture to bass and is ideal for grilling, steaming, baking and pan-frying whole. The black bream or porgy and the red or Read more

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Sustainability range: from one to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, organic certification
Certification — Organic
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, GlobalGAP certified
Certification — GlobalGAP
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: four info
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Bream, Threadfin, Ornate threadfin bream

Nemipterus hexodon

Threadfin bream is one of the most commercially important species in the Gulf of Thailand. Fishing effort on this species in this area is too high.

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Sustainability rating: four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Western Central Pacific (FAO 71)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Brill

Scophthalmus rhombus

Sold as whole steaks and fillets and is sometimes used as an alternative to turbot. It is similar to turbot but has slightly smaller flakes and a sweeter taste. Brill belongs to a small family of left-eyed flatfish. It grows relatively Read more

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Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, English Channel
Stock detail — IV, IIIa and VIId
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, English Channel
Stock detail — IV, IIIa and VIId
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four info
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Clam, Manila (Farmed)

Ruditapes philippinarium

Clams are versatile shellfish which you should only eat if they are from farmed sources (e.g. Manila or American hardshell clams) or harvested from the wild (e.g. carpet or razor clams) using sustainable manual methods such as hand Read more

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — All
Rating: one info
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Clam, Razor, clams

Ensis spp.

Clams are versatile shellfish which you should only eat if they are from farmed sources (e.g. Manila or American hardshell clams) or harvested from the wild (e.g. carpet or razor clams) using sustainable manual methods such as hand Read more

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Sustainability range: from three to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Manual harvesting
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Electrical fishing
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Cockle, cockles

Cerastoderma edule

Best boiled then seasoned with malt vinegar and pepper, they are often pickled but also sold in a sealed packet to eat on the go. A traditional Welsh breakfast is cockles fried with bacon and served with laver bread. Cockles have Read more

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Sustainability range: from two to three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Wales
Stock detail — Burry Inlet
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Wales
Stock detail — Dee Estuary
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hydraulic dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Cod, Atlantic Cod

Gadus morhua

The most popular cuts are steaks and fillets which can be poached, grilled or baked. It's easy and quick to cook and is traditionally served with parsley sauce and lemon wedges and of course, chips. Cod roe and milt or sperm is also eaten. Read more

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Sustainability range: from one to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Iceland
Stock detail — Va
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Iceland
Stock detail — Va
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Iceland
Stock detail — Va
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northeast Arctic (Barents and Norwegian Sea)
Stock detail — I & II
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Skagerrak, North Sea, Eastern Channel
Stock detail — IIIa, IV, VIId
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — VIIa
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Baltic Sea (FAO 27)
Stock area — Baltic East
Stock detail — Subdivisions 24-32
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Baltic Sea (FAO 27)
Stock area — Baltic East
Stock detail — Subdivisions 24-32
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Skagerrak, North Sea, Eastern Channel
Stock detail — IIIa, IV, VIId
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Poundnet
Capture area — North West Atlantic (FAO 21)
Stock area — West Greenland
Stock detail — NAFO Sub area 1
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Poundnet
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West Greenland
Stock detail — XIV NAFO 1A-E (inshore)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Skagerrak, North Sea, Eastern Channel
Stock detail — IIIa, IV, VIId
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Faroe Bank
Stock detail — Vb 2
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Faroe Plateau
Stock detail — Vb I
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Kattegat
Stock detail — IIIa
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Kattegat
Stock detail — IIIa
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Kattegat
Stock detail — IIIa
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea
Stock detail — VII e-k
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea
Stock detail — VII e-k
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea
Stock detail — VII e-k
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Norwegian Coast
Stock detail — I & II
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West Greenland
Stock detail — XIV NAFO 1A-E (offshore)
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Faroe Plateau
Stock detail — Vb I
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Faroe Plateau
Stock detail — Vb I
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West Scotland
Stock detail — VIa
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Rockall
Stock detail — Vb I
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Baltic Sea (FAO 27)
Stock area — Baltic West
Stock detail — Subdivisions 22-24
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Baltic Sea (FAO 27)
Stock area — Baltic West
Stock detail — Subdivisions 22-24
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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