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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Lobster, Norway, Langoustine, Dublin Bay prawn or scampi

Nephrops norvegicus

Choose Nephrops caught using creels as creels are a more environmentally-friendly fishing method and produce a higher quality product. Nephrops are usually caught using trawls, which are associated with large quantities of bycatch and Read more

Picture of Lobster, Norway, Langoustine, Dublin Bay prawn or scampi
Sustainability rating: two info
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, Functional Unit 11
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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, Functional Unit 12
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 (Firth of Clyde and Sound of Jura)
Stock detail — 6a, Functional Unit 13
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 — 4a, Functional Unit 7
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 — Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — 3a, Functional Units 3 and 4
Rating: two info
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Mackerel

Scomber scombrus

Handline-caught mackerel from the southwest of England remains the best choice thanks to its ring-fenced quota and low impact methods. The mackerel stock in the North-East Atlantic is in a good state and in general is caught by pelagic Read more

Picture of Mackerel
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters
Stock detail — South West England
Rating: one 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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters
Stock detail — EU & Norway (MINSA)
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Currently suspended
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 — Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters
Stock detail — EU & Norway (MINSA)
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Currently suspended
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, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Ring net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g and h
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl, Purse seine
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters
Stock detail — Coastal States
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl, Purse seine
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters
Stock detail — Iceland
Rating: two info
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Megrim

Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis

Megrim stocks around the UK are doing well, with the best choice coming from the Northern North Sea. Avoid eating immature fish (less than 25cm) and during their spawning season (January to April).

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, West of Scotland
Stock detail — 4a, 6a
Rating: two info
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Monkfish, Anglerfish

Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa

There are two species of monkfish caught commercially in UK and EU waters, white bellied monkfish (Lophius piscatorius) and black bellied monkfish (Lophius budegassa). Monkfish are long-lived and late maturing, making them vulnerable to Read more

Picture of Monkfish, Anglerfish
Sustainability rating: two 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: 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, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: two info
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Mussel, Chilean (Farmed)

Mytilus chilensis

Mussels are widely cultivated. Shellfish farming is a low-impact method of aquaculture and high quality water standards are required for cultivation of shellfish for human consumption. Mussel farming requires no feed inputs therefore Read more

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Chile
Production method — Suspended Rope Culture and Bottom Culture
Certification — All
Rating: one info
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Mussel, mussels (Farmed)

Mytilus edulis

Mussels are widely cultivated. Shellfish farming is a low-impact method of aquaculture and high quality water standards are required for cultivation of shellfish for human consumption. Mussel farming requires no feed inputs therefore Read more

Picture of Mussel, mussels (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Suspended Rope Culture and Bottom Culture
Certification — All
Rating: one info
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Oyster, Native, oysters (Caught at sea)

Ostrea edulis

Throughout European waters, including much of Britain, the native oyster is depleted in the wild. Areas once noted for their large natural beds are now being used for oyster farming or cultivation including non-native species, such as the Read more

Picture of Oyster, Native, oysters (Caught at sea)
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: one info
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Oyster, Native, oysters (Farmed)

Ostrea edulis

Throughout European waters including much of Britain the native oyster is depleted in the wild. Areas once noted for their large natural beds are now being used for oyster farming or cultivation including non-native species, such as the Read more

Picture of Oyster, Native, oysters (Farmed)
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 (Caught at sea)

Crassostrea gigas

Picture of Oyster, Pacific, oysters (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand collected
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: two info
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Oyster, Pacific, oysters (Farmed)

Crassostrea gigas

Throughout European waters including much of Britain the native oyster is depleted in the wild. Areas once noted for their large natural beds are now being used for oyster farming or cultivation including non-native species, such as the Read more

Picture of Oyster, Pacific, oysters (Farmed)
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 — Cornwall, UK
Production method — Bag culture
Rating: one info
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Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice is a popular fish for consumption and is subject to high fishing pressure. The state of plaice stocks around the UK vary. Currently the best choices for plaice are fish caught in the North Sea or Eastern Channel where the stocks are Read more

Picture of Plaice
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak
Stock detail — 4, 3a.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 — English Channel: East
Stock detail — 7d
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, Skagerrak
Stock detail — 4, 3a.20
Rating: two info
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Pollock, Alaska, Walleye

Theragra chalcogramma

If you like cod or haddock, you'll like Alaska pollock. It's a white fish, mild in flavour and low in fat. Makes great fishcakes, is best steamed and is the fish used in McDonald's Filet-O-Fish! A member of the cod family, it's found Read more

Picture of Pollock, Alaska, Walleye
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail — Gulf of Alaska
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 Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail — Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
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 Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail — Gulf of Alaska
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail — Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Okhotsk Sea
Stock detail — Okhotsk Sea
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Prawn, King (whiteleg), prawns

Litopenaeus vannamei

Only buy king prawns from suppliers that can ensure their product is sourced from farms that comply with environmental standards for habitat protection and impacts of production. Organic farming standards ensures many such standards are Read more

Picture of Prawn, King (whiteleg), prawns
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Closed land based system
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system
Certification — Soil Association and EU Organic certification
Rating: two info
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Prawn, Northern prawns, Northern shrimp

Pandalus borealis

Northern prawn or shrimp (the names are often used interchangeably) are cold-water crustaceans, distinct from warm water species found in tropical waters. Increase the sustainability of the fish you eat by choosing only prawns taken in Read more

Picture of Prawn, Northern prawns, Northern shrimp
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northeast Arctic (Barents Sea)
Stock detail — I and II
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 West Atlantic (FAO 21)
Stock area — Disko Bay and West Greenland
Stock detail — NAFO sub-areas 1A-F and 0B
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Prawn, Tiger prawns (Farmed)

Penaeus monodon

Prawns are usually sold peeled, cooked and frozen or whole. Pop them in a curry or sling them on a salad. Their tails are used in traditional prawn cocktails - cocked over the side of the glass. The tiger prawn belongs to the largest of Read more

Picture of Prawn, Tiger prawns (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system
Certification — Organic certification
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Indonesia
Production method — Zero input system
Rating: two info
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