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Hake, Cape

Merluccius capensis; Merluccius paradoxus

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

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Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — South East Atlantic (FAO 47)
Stock area — South Africa
Stock detail — Inshore Fishery
Rating: two info
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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 — 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 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

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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

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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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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 — VIIa, 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 — Central Baltic Sea
Stock detail — 25-29 and 32 (excluding Gulf of Riga)
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, American

Homarus americanus

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

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Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Trap
Capture area — North West Atlantic (FAO 21)
Stock area — Canada
Stock detail — EEZ
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Trap
Capture area — FAO 21
Stock area — USA
Stock detail — Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in the Gulf of Maine
Rating: two 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

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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 — Jersey
Stock detail — Granville Bay Treaty Area
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 — Cornwall (0- 6 nm)
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
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 — West Scotland (North Minch)
Stock detail — VIa (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 — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — Irish Sea East (Management Area J, FU 14)
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 — VIa (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 — VIa (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 — Drift net
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 — 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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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

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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 — Northern North Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — IVa and VIa
Rating: two info
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Mussel, mussels (Farmed)

Mytilus edulis

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Cornwall
Production method — Suspension culture
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Suspension culture
Rating: one info
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Oyster, Native, oysters (Caught at sea)

Ostrea edulis

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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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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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