Good Fish Guide

Your guide to sustainable seafood


You can play a key role in securing the future of our seas and marine wildlife by making more environmentally responsible choices when buying seafood.

Our seas face a wide range of threats. Climate change, pollution, habitat and biodiversity loss are all impacting our seas; plus 90% of global fish stocks are either fully or over-exploited. All these factors combined mean that urgent action is needed to restore the health of our seas. Fish farming (aquaculture) is rapidly expanding to meet increasing demand for seafood, but if this is done badly it can also damage the environment and exacerbate these other problems.

Use the Good Fish Guide to find out which fish are the most sustainable (Green rated), and which are the least sustainable (Red rated). Make the right choice and reduce your impact – every purchase matters! Find out more about our seafood work, including how we develop our seafood ratings, plus sustainable seafood recipes and more.

Our seafood work

 
 
You searched for ""
Showing 1 - 16 of 158 species.
Results per page:

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

Picture of Abalone
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Ireland
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: one info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — France
Production method — Open water crate
Rating: one info
Full details

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

Picture of Anchovy, anchovies
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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Ring net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: three info
Full details

Anchovy, Peruvian, anchovies

Engraulis ringens

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

Picture of Anchovy, Peruvian,anchovies
Sustainability range: from four to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine
Capture area — South East Pacific (FAO 87)
Stock area — Peru
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine
Capture area — South East Pacific (FAO 87)
Stock area — Chile
Stock detail

Chile - Small Pelagic Fishery Regions V - X


Rating: five info
Full details

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

Picture of Arctic char
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Land based flow through and recirculating systems.
Rating: one info
Full details

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

Picture of Basa, Tra, Catfish or Vietnamese River Cobbler
Sustainability range: from two to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — ASC certified
Rating: two info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Vietnam
Production method — Ponds
Certification

GlobalGap


Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Vietnam
Production method — Ponds
Certification

GAA BAP 3*


Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Vietnam
Production method — Ponds
Certification

Uncertified


Rating: four info
Full details

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.

Picture of Bass, seabass (Caught at sea)
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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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: five info
Full details

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
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter 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
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine 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
Full details

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.

Picture of Bass, seabass (Farmed)
Sustainability range: from one to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: one info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, GlobalGap certified
Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: four info
Full details

Bream, Black or porgy or seabream

Spondyliosoma cantharus

Picture of Bream, Black or porgy or seabream
Sustainability range: from three to five info
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
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Rod & line
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

Sussex IFCA district


Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Rod & line
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

All areas except Sussex IFCA district


Rating: four info
Full details

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: four info
Full details

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
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

Sussex IFCA district


Rating: four info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

Sussex IFCA district


Rating: four info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

Sussex IFCA district


Rating: four info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

All areas except Sussex IFCA district


Rating: five info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

All areas except Sussex IFCA district


Rating: five info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail

All areas except Sussex IFCA district


Rating: five info
Full details

Bream, Gilthead (Caught at sea)

Sparus auratus

Picture of Bream, Gilthead (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: four info
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
Full details

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
Full details

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

Picture of Bream, Gilthead (Farmed)
Sustainability range: from one to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: one info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, organic certification
Rating: two info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, GlobalGap certified
Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: four info
Full details

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

Picture of Brill
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

4, 3.a and 7.d-e


Rating: three info
Full details

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

4, 3.a and 7.d-e


Rating: three info
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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
Full details

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

Picture of Clam, Manila (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — All
Rating: one info
Full details

Clam, Manila, Japanese carpet shell (Caught at sea)

Tapes philippinarum, Venerupis philippinarum, 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

Picture of Clam, Manila, Japanese carpet shell (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: rating under review 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: rating under review info
Full details

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

Picture of Clam, Razor, clams
Sustainability range: from three to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Scotland
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Manual harvesting
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Wales
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
Full details

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: four info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — England
Stock detail

North West IFCA district only


Rating: four info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Electrical fishing
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Scotland
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — England
Stock detail

North West IFCA district only


Rating: five info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Scotland
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Electrical fishing
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — England
Stock detail

North West IFCA district only


Rating: five info
Full details

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

Sustainability range: from three to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Suction dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — England
Stock detail

Kent & Essex IFCA district (within the TECFO area only)


Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — England
Stock detail

Eastern IFCA district only


Rating: three info
Full details

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Suction dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — England
Stock detail

Kent & Essex IFCA district (outside the TECFO area)


Rating: five info
Full details

Showing 1 - 16 of 158 species.
Results per page:

Filter your search results


Fish species


Method of production



Capture method


Type of fish


Sustainability rating (what's this?)


Consumer considerations



I just want to see…

MCS sustainable seafood work is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery

MCS sustainable seafood work is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery