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.

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Sole, Dover sole, Common sole

Solea solea

The best choices for Dover or common sole are from the north Celtic Sea, the Bristol Channel and the western English Channel. Fish caught by otter trawl and gillnet will have fewer habitat impacts than those caught by beam trawl, and avoid Read more

Picture of Sole, Dover sole, Common sole
Sustainability range: from two to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7f, 7g
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 — English Channel: West
Stock detail — 7e
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel: West
Stock detail — 7e
Rating: two 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
Stock detail — 4
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 — Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f, 7g
Rating: two 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 — English Channel: West
Stock detail — 7e
Rating: two 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, Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f, 7g
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 — Baltic Sea (West), Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — 3a.20, 3a.21, 3c.22, 3b.23, 3d.24
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 — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e
Rating: two 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 — 7f,g
Rating: two 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 — 7e
Rating: two 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 — 7e
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail — 4
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 — English Channel: East
Stock detail — 7d
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 — Celtic Sea South, southwest of Ireland
Stock detail — 7h-k
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 — West of Ireland
Stock detail — 7b, 7c
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 — 7a
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 — Baltic Sea (West), Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — 3a.20, 3a.21, 3c.22, 3b.23, 3d.24
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 — English Channel: East
Stock detail — 7d
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 — English Channel: East
Stock detail — 7d
Rating: four 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 South, southwest of Ireland
Stock detail — 7h-k
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West of Ireland
Stock detail — 7b, 7c
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pulse trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail — 4
Rating: five info
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Sole, Lemon

Microstomus kitt

The fishery for Lemon sole is generally unmanaged in EU waters and there is no minimum landing size (MLS) for the species. An exception to this is in Cornish waters where a MLS of 25cm is enforced by local byelaw. There is no formal Read more

Picture of Sole, Lemon
Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
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 — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
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 — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
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, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: four 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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: four info
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Sole, Sand

Pegusa lascaris

Picture of Sole, Sand
Sustainability range: from three to 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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: four info
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Sprat, whitebait

Sprattus sprattus

Sprat is used for both human consumption and for industrial or reduction purposes, i.e. the production of fish meal. Sprat are a highly resilient species and small artisanal inshore fisheries for human consumption are unlikely to impact Read more

Picture of Sprat, whitebait
Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail — 7d, 7e
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 — Baltic Sea
Stock detail — 3d.22-32
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 — West of Scotland, Southern Celtic Seas
Stock detail — 6, 7a-c, 7f-k
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 — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — 4, 3a
Rating: four info
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Spurdog, Spiny Dogfish, Dogfish, Rock Salmon or Flake

Squalus acanthias

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000 m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able to enter fresh water river systems Read more

Picture of Spurdog, Spiny Dogfish, Dogfish, Rock Salmon or Flake
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Barents sea to Portuguese Coast
Stock detail — 1 to 9
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: five info
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Squid, Argentine short fin

Illex argentinus

Squid (often found on menus using the Italian word 'calamari') can be stuffed whole, cut into pieces or rings, which are often deep fried, pickled, as jerky called sakiika, salted or fermented (shiokara). Squid flesh is also produced to Read more

Picture of Squid, Argentine short fin
Sustainability rating: four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — South West Atlantic (FAO 41)
Stock area — Argentine and Falkland Is EEZs & adjacent high seas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic Trawl
Capture area — South West Atlantic (FAO 41)
Stock area — Argentine and Falkland Is EEZs & adjacent high seas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Squid, Atlantic, Common, European, Veined

Loligo vulgaris, Loligo forbesi

Picture of Squid, Atlantic, Common,  European, Veined
Sustainability rating: three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: three info
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Squid, Atlantic, Common, European, Veined

Loligo vulgaris, Loligo forbesi

Picture of Squid, Atlantic, Common,  European, Veined
Sustainability rating: three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: three info
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Squid, Homboldt or Jumbo

Dosidicus gigas

Squid (often found on menus using the Italian word 'calamari') can be stuffed whole, cut into pieces or rings, which are often deep fried, pickled, as jerky called sakiika, salted or fermented (shiokara). Squid flesh is also produced to Read more

Picture of Squid, Homboldt or Jumbo
Sustainability rating: four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — South East Pacific (FAO 87)
Stock area — All areas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — Eastern Central Pacific (FAO 77)
Stock area — All areas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Squid, Indian

Loligo duvauceli

Squid (often found on menus using the Italian word 'calamari') can be stuffed whole, cut into pieces or rings, which are often deep fried, pickled, as jerky called sakiika, salted or fermented (shiokara). Squid flesh is also produced to Read more

Picture of Squid, Indian
Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — Western Indian Ocean (FAO 51)
Stock area — India
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Western Indian Ocean (FAO 51)
Stock area — India
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Squid, Japanese flying

Todarodes pacificus

Squid (often found on menus using the Italian word 'calamari') can be stuffed whole, cut into pieces or rings, which are often deep fried, pickled, as jerky called sakiika, salted or fermented (shiokara). Squid flesh is also produced to Read more

Picture of Squid, Japanese flying
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Japan
Stock detail — East China Sea, Yellow Sea, Bo Hai Sea, Korea Bay
Rating: two info
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Sturgeon (Caught at sea)

Acipenser, Huso spp.

There are about 20 species of Sturgeon but some of them are critically endangered, such as the European Sturgeon. Avoid eating wild sturgeon.

Picture of Sturgeon (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Sturgeon (Farmed)

Acipenser, Huso spp.

Sturgeons the world over are now greatly depleted in number and many of the 27 species - prized for their flesh and eggs (caviar) - are in rapid decline. They are vulnerable to over-exploitation because they are generally long-lived and Read more

Picture of Sturgeon (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe and USA
Production method — Closed system
Rating: two info
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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

A number of swordfish fisheries in the Atlantic and Southwest Pacific have been certified as well managed and sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), so make sure to look for any products that carry their blue ecolabel. A Read more

Picture of Swordfish
Sustainability range: from two to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Atlantic, North (FAO 21,27) and Central (FAO 31,34)
Stock area — North Atlantic
Stock detail — Canadian and US certified fleets
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Pacific, South West (FAO 81) and Central (FAO 71,77)
Stock area — South West Pacific
Stock detail — Australia. Certified fleets only
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Harpoon
Capture area — Pacific: North East (FAO 67), Eastern Central (FAO 77), South East (FAO 87)
Stock area — North East Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Pacific, North (FAO 61,67) and Central (FAO 71,77)
Stock area — Western & Central North Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Pacific, South West (FAO 81) and Central (FAO 71,77)
Stock area — South West Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Atlantic, North (FAO 21,27) and Central (FAO 31,34)
Stock area — North Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Indian Ocean: Western (FAO 51), Eastern ( FAO 57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Harpoon
Capture area — Pacific, South (FAO 81,87) and Eastern Central (FAO 77)
Stock area — South East Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Atlantic, South (FAO 41,47) and Central (FAO 31,34)
Stock area — South Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Pacific: North East (FAO 67), Eastern Central (FAO 77), South East (FAO 87)
Stock area — North East Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Mediterranean (FAO 37)
Stock area — Mediterranean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Pacific, South (FAO 81,87) and Eastern Central (FAO 77)
Stock area — South East Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Pacific, South (FAO 81,87) and Eastern Central (FAO 77)
Stock area — South East Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Pacific, South West (FAO 81) and Central (FAO 71,77)
Stock area — South West Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Tilapia

Oreochromis niloticus niloticus

Tilapia are omnivores, and as such have a low requirement for fishmeal and fish-oil in their diets, making them net producers of fish protein and therefore a valuable aquaculture species. . When buying farmed tilapia the best choices are Read more

Picture of Tilapia
Sustainability range: from two to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — All
Certification — ASC
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — China
Production method — Open pond
Rating: four info
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