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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Hake, European

Merluccius merluccius

Hake has a mild flavour with a medium but firm textured meat and is best poached with lemon juice. The Hake family comprise 13 species but only one, the European hake, is found in waters close to home. Although closely related, it is Read more

Picture of Hake, European
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay to Northern North Sea (Northern Stock)
Stock detail

IIIa, IV, VI, VII, VIIIa,b,d.


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 — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Certification

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 — Bay of Biscay to Northern North Sea (Northern Stock)
Stock detail

IIIa, IV, VI, VII, VIIIa,b,d.


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay to Northern North Sea (Northern Stock)
Stock detail

IIIa, IV, VI, VII, VIIIa,b,d.


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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Halibut, Atlantic (Farmed)

Hippoglossus hippoglossus

Halibut is mild, sweet tasting and really versatile - think about baking, poaching, frying, grilling or sautéing . But don't leave it hanging around, it'll dry out very quickly as it doesn't contain very much oil. Atlantic halibut, Read more

Picture of Halibut, Atlantic (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Onshore open circuit system
Rating: two info
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Halibut, Pacific

Hippoglossus stenolepis

Halibut is mild, sweet tasting and really versatile - think about baking, poaching, frying, grilling or sauteing . But don't leave it hanging around, it'll dry out very quickly as it doesn't contain very much oil. Atlantic halibut can grow Read more

Picture of Halibut, Pacific
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Canada
Stock detail

Canadian Pacific, British Columbia


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — USA
Stock detail

Alaska, Washington and Oregon.


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hook & line
Capture area — North Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — USA
Stock detail

Alaska, Washington and Oregon.


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Herring or sild

Clupea harengus

You can pickle Herring as rollmops, smoke or cook them fresh. They are high in omega 3 which makes them really nutritious. Herring belongs to the same family of fish as sprat and pilchard and young herrings processed as sardine in Norway Read more

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Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skaggerak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail

IV, IIIa, VIId (autumn spawners)


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skaggerak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail

IV, IIIa, VIId (autumn spawners)


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Drift net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skaggerak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail

IV, IIIa, VIId (autumn spawners)


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail

7.a North


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Norwegian (spring-spawning)
Stock detail

I, II and V


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


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 — Norwegian (spring-spawning)
Stock detail

I, II and V


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Limpet, Slipper

Crepidula fornicata

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Sail and oar
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: one info
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Lobster, European

Homarus gammarus

The very large claws of unequal size, along with the abdomen, are full of tasty white meat. Can be bought fresh or frozen. There are many popular lobster recipes including Thermidor and Bisque or of course you can boil, steam or grill it. Read more

Picture of Lobster, European
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Jersey
Stock detail

Granville Bay Treaty Area


Rating: two info
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Lobster, Norway, Langoustine, Dublin Bay prawn or scampi

Nephrops norvegicus

A slim, orangey lobster hugely popular in Spain and widely used in classic French cuisine. Scampi is the name for deep fried langoustine tails - deep fried in batter and breadcrumbs, served with chips peas and tartare sauce - though Read more

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Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail

3a (FU 3 and 4)


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West Scotland (North Minch)
Stock detail

6a (Management Area C, FU 11)


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 (Fladen Ground)
Stock detail

IVa (Management Area G: FU 7)


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West Scotland (South Minch)
Stock detail

6a (Management Area C, FU 12)


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West Scotland (Clyde & Sound of Jura)
Stock detail

6a (Management Area C, FU 13)


Rating: two info
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Mackerel

Scomber scombrus

When cooked the meat is really creamy and is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Mackerel is best eaten fresh and can be grilled, smoked or fried. It's rumoured to improve brain power so an ideal starter fish for the kids! A fast swimming silver Read more

Picture of Mackerel
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southern, Western & North Sea
Stock detail

South West


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southern, Western & North Sea
Stock detail

EU & Norway (MINSA)


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


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 — Southern, Western & North Sea
Stock detail

EU & Norway (MINSA)


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two 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: 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

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: two info
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Megrim

Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis

A common flatfish found in shelf seas throughout the northeast Atlantic. The best choice for this species is megrim otter trawled from the Northern North Sea and West of Scotland where the stock is assessed as healthy and as harvested Read more

Picture of Megrim
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northern North Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail

4.a and 6.a


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 — Rockall
Stock detail

VIb


Rating: two info
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Mussel, mussels

Mytilus edulis

Picture of Mussel, mussels
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — England
Production method
Rating: one info
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Mussel, mussels (Farmed)

Mytilus edulis

Best steamed with garlic, butter, lemon juice, white wine or other sauces. If cooked well they taste like the ocean with a hint of mushroom. The whole thing is eaten, apart from the shell and they can be eaten raw. Found in number on UK Read more

Picture of Mussel, mussels (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Suspension culture
Rating: one info
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Oyster, Native, oysters

Ostrea edulis

Picture of Oyster, Native, oysters
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Sail and oar
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: one info
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Oyster, Native, oysters (Farmed)

Ostrea edulis

A great choice for special occasions, or a regular treat! Often eaten raw, but can be lightly cooked. They taste like a mouthful of seawater, in fact the French poet Leon-Paul Fargue said eating one was 'like kissing the sea on the lips'. Read more

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Bottom & suspension culture
Rating: one info
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Oyster, Pacific, oysters

Crassostrea gigas

A great choice for special occasions, or a regular treat! Often eaten raw, but can be lightly cooked. They taste like a mouthful of seawater, in fact the French poet Leon-Paul Fargue said eating one was 'like kissing the sea on the lips'. Read more

Picture of Oyster, Pacific, oysters
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Bottom & suspension culture
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — England
Production method
Rating: one info
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Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Another chip shop favourite. It's a right-eyed, oval-shaped flatfish with characteristic reddy orange spots and a pearly white underside. Its orange spots are an indication of freshness; brighter spots mean a fresher fish. Found all around Read more

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Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea and Skagerrak
Stock detail
  1. and Subdivision 20

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 — Eastern Channel
Stock detail

VIId


Rating: two info
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