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Tuna, skipjack

Euthynnus pelamis, Katsuwonus pelamis

Skipjack tuna is a smaller and faster growing tuna, and one the best choices out of the commercially targeted tuna species. Skipjack stocks worldwide are still in fairly good shape, but the increasing catch in some areas is concerning and Read more

Picture of Tuna, skipjack
Sustainability range: from one to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — The Republic of Maldives EEZ
Stock detail

Certified fleets only


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Western Atlantic (FAO 21,31,41)
Stock area — West Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line; Troll
Capture area — Eastern Atlantic (FAO 27,34,47)
Stock area — East Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Troll; Pole & line
Capture area — Eastern Pacific - EPO (FAO 77,87,81)
Stock area — Eastern Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Eastern Pacific - EPO (FAO 77,87,81)
Stock area — Eastern Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD associated)
Capture area — Western Atlantic (FAO 21,31,41)
Stock area — West Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Eastern Atlantic (FAO 27,34,47)
Stock area — East Atlantic
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 — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
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 — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Tuna, southern bluefin (Caught at sea)

Thunnus maccoyii

Bluefin tunas are vulnerable, slow growing and long lived species that are heavily exploited across their range. The market value of individual fish regularly reaches tens of thousands of pounds with the record being over a million pounds Read more

Picture of Tuna, southern bluefin (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Worldwide (FAO All Areas)
Stock area — Southern Hemisphere
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Tuna, yellowfin

Thunnus albacares

A big bulky tuna, though not as large as bluefin, found in tropical or subtropical climates. The tail and some fins are yellow, the rest of the body a glistening dark blue, silvery on the underside. Yellowfin can be canned, sold as steaks Read more

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Sustainability range: from two to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line; Handline
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Philippines, Indo, PNG
Stock detail

Philippines, Indo, Vietnam, PNG EEZs


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Australia & Fiji
Stock detail

Certified fleets only


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34,41,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Eastern Pacific - EPO (FAO 77,87,81)
Stock area — Eastern Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34,41,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34,41,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Eastern Pacific - EPO (FAO 77,87,81)
Stock area — Eastern Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine tuna-dolphin association
Capture area — Eastern Pacific - EPO (FAO 77,87,81)
Stock area — Eastern Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Troll
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

Comoros, France and oversees territories, Italy (flag), Kenya, Mayotte, Madagasca, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Spain (flag), United Republic of Tanzania


Certification

FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP; and FIP Stage 4. Click here for info on FIP


Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
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 — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill net
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Turbot (Caught at sea)

Psetta maxima

One of the most expensive fish - once a symbol of luxury and ostentation - turbot belongs to a small family of left-eyed flatfish (both eyes on the left of the body). It is mainly supplied to and sold by the restaurant trade. Turbot may Read more

Picture of Turbot (Caught at sea)
Sustainability range: from two to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Trap
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail

IV


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hook & line
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail

IV


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

IV


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
Stock detail

IV


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
Stock detail

IV


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Tangle 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 — 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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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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Turbot (Farmed)

Psetta maxima

One of the most expensive fish - once a symbol of luxury and ostentation - turbot belongs to a small family of left-eyed flatfish (both eyes on the left of the body. It is mainly supplied to and sold by the restaurant trade. Turbot may be Read more

Picture of Turbot (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Onshore open circuit system
Rating: two info
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Tusk

Brosme brosme

Deepsea fish are biologically highly vulnerable to over-exploitation and have a low resilience to fishing. There is currently very little data on the deep sea ecosystem and fish stocks, thus it is almost impossible to manage deepsea Read more

Sustainability rating: three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northeast Atlantic
Stock detail

IV, VII-IX, IIIa, Vb, VIa, and XIIb


Rating: three info
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Whelk, whelks

Buccinum undatum

Whelks are large marine gastropods, or snails, with strong, whitish shells. They are long-lived and subject to increasing fishing pressure. Avoid eating immature whelks (below 77 mms in northern fisheries) and during their breeding season Read more

Picture of Whelk, whelks
Sustainability rating: four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: four info
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Whitebait

Various inc. spratus spratus

Mature sprat is a more sustainable alternative to whitebait, so if you see whitebait on the menu, ask if it is pure sprat.

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

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting has a firm white flesh and is best used when very fresh. Sold whole and filleted, fresh or frozen. Also dried, salted and smoked. Whiting is a slender bodied, sandy, blue-green coloured fish with conspicuous white sides and belly, Read more

Picture of Whiting
Sustainability range: from two to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southern Celtic Sea and English Channel
Stock detail

VIIb,c, e-k


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

VIIe,f,g and h


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 — North Sea and Eastern Channel
Stock detail

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 — Southern Celtic Sea and English Channel
Stock detail

VIIb,c, e-k


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: 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 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 — Irish Sea
Stock detail

VIIa


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

VIb


Rating: five info
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Winkle, winkles

Littorina littorea

Most winkles are collected or gathered by hand, which is a selective method of harvesting that causes less habitat disturbance. Minimum landing sizes for winkles vary between regions, but selecting larger, mature winkles (over 2cm) allows Read more

Picture of Winkle, winkles
Sustainability rating: rating under review info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail

I-IX


Rating: rating under review info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Mechanical harvesting
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail

I-IX


Rating: rating under review info
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Witch, Witch flounder, Torbay sole

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus

Witch is comparable in taste to megrim, flounder and lemon sole. A right-eyed flat fish (both eyes on the right-hand side of the body). Witch are typically sold whole, either fresh or frozen, but may also be filleted.

Picture of Witch, Witch flounder, Torbay sole
Sustainability range: from three to five info
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

IV, IIIa and 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 — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: five info
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Wolffish

Anarhichas lupus

Wolffish are taken on longlines and as bycatch in mixed trawl and longline fisheries. It is a slow growing fish, vulnerable to the effects of overfishing. There is no stock assessment for this species in EU waters and the fisheries are not Read more

Picture of Wolffish
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail

I- IX


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 — All Areas
Stock detail

I- IX


Rating: five info
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Wrasse, Ballan

Labrus bergylta

Picture of Wrasse, Ballan
Sustainability rating: 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: five info
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Wreckfish

Polyprion americanus

Sustainability rating: four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hook & line
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: four info
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