Good Fish Guide

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Cod, Pacific Cod

Gadus macrocephalus

A member of the cod family it is a moderately fast growing, short-lived species compared to other American bottom-dwelling fish. The Pacific cod fishery is reported to be well-managed with healthy stocks. Two Pacific cod fisheries in the Read more

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Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Russia
Stock detail — West Bering Sea; East Kamchatka & Karaginsky subzones
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Russia
Stock detail — West Bering Sea; East Kamchatka & Karaginsky subzones
Certification — FIP Stage 4
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl; Seine net; Longline
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Japan
Stock detail — North Pacific (Tohoku)
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net; Gillnet
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Japan
Stock detail — Sea of Japan
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl; Longline
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Japan
Stock detail — Sea of Okhotsk
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net; Gillnet
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Japan
Stock detail — South Hokkaido
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline; Gillnet
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Japan
Stock detail — West Hokkaido
Rating: four info
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Coley, Saithe

Pollachius virens

Sometimes called coal fish, this used to be a favourite of the nation's cats before tinned pet food was developed. Now, however, top chefs and leading supermarkets have changed all that, making it a great alternative to cod. Before cooking Read more

Picture of Coley, Saithe
Sustainability range: from one to three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak, West of Scotland and Rockall
Stock detail — IV, IIIa, VI
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 — Northeast Arctic
Stock detail — I and II
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
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 — Northeast Arctic
Stock detail — I and II
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
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 — Iceland
Stock detail — Va
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 — Iceland
Stock detail — Va
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 — Faroes
Stock detail — Vb
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 — Faroes
Stock detail — Vb
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: two info
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Crab, brown or edible

Cancer pagurus

Brown crab, also known as edible crab, is the heaviest British crab and looks a bit like a pie on legs with its distinctive reddish-brown shell and pastry crust rim. About a third of the weight of the crab is meat, two thirds is white and Read more

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Sustainability range: from two to three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Western Channel
Stock detail — Devon Inshore Potting Area
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Creel or pot
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Scotland
Stock detail — Shetland
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
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 — Southern North Sea
Stock detail — IVc
Rating: three 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 — Central North Sea
Stock detail — IVb
Rating: three 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 — Eastern Channel
Stock detail — VIId
Rating: three 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 — Western Channel
Stock detail — VIIe
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 — Celtic Sea
Stock detail — VIIg
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 — Irish Sea
Stock detail — VIIa
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 — Gill or fixed net
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 — Pot or creel
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 — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall (within 6 nm)
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h inside Cornwalls 6 mile limit
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 (within 6 nm)
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h inside Cornwalls 6 mile limit
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 — Wales
Stock detail — Pembrokeshire
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 — Scotland
Stock detail — Orkney
Rating: two info
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Crab, spider

Maia squinado

As the name suggests this is a crab with very long legs! It is the largest crab found in British waters, with a shell width of up to 200 mm and a leg span of 500 mm or more. There's lots of brown meat inside the top shell, it's tasty but Read more

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Sustainability range: from three to 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: 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 — UK
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: four 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
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
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 — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: three info
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Crab, velvet swimming

Necora puber

Picture of Crab, velvet swimming
Sustainability rating: three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: three info
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Crawfish

Palinurus elephas

Picture of Crawfish
Sustainability range: from four to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dive caught
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 — Pot or creel
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 — 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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Crawfish, Red Swamp

Procambarus clarkii

A member of the Cambaridae family, the Red Swamp Crawfish is commonly found in warm, fresh water. The average lifespan is five years and in this time weights of over 50g and lengths of 5 to 12cm can be reached. It is an omnivorous Read more

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Sustainability range: from one to three info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — US Southern states
Production method — Extensive pond and rice paddy
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — China
Production method — Extensive pond and rice paddy
Rating: three info
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Crayfish or crawfish

Astacidae

Crayfish are eaten worldwide. Most are supplied from aquaculture. The major producers are China and the USA and the main species is the Red Swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii), which is native to the USA and has been introduced throughout Read more

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Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Lake and waterway
Rating: one info
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Cuttlefish

Sepia officinalis

Cuttlefish (family Sepiidae) belong to a specialised group of molluscs, known as cephalopods, which also includes octopus and squid. It is one of the most commercially important cephalopod species and is also used in aquaculture. A wide Read more

Picture of Cuttlefish
Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — English Channel
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Trap
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail — English Channel
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: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Trap
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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Dab

Limanda limanda

A versatile fish, dab can be grilled, baked or pan-fried whole, whilst fillets can be poached. Fresh dab tastes delicious and it looks a bit like plaice or flounder with both its eyes on the right side of its head.

Picture of Dab
Sustainability range: from two to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — IV, IIIa
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
Stock detail — IV, IIIa
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — IV, IIIa
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: 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: four info
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Devil fish, Giant Devilray

Mobula mobular

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

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Mediterranean (FAO 37)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Dogfish, Lesser Spotted

Scyliorhinus canicula

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

Picture of Dogfish, Lesser Spotted
Sustainability rating: four 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, West of Scotland, Irish Sea and southern Celtic Seas
Stock detail — IV, IIIa, VIId, VI, VII a-c, e-j
Rating: four 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: 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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Eel, Conger

Conger conger

Conger eels are very susceptible to fishing pressure. Avoid eating.

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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
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Eel, European (Caught at sea)

Anguilla anguilla

Eels are exploited in all life stages and those that are fished do not have the chance to breed. European eel populations are at an all time low. Their status remains critical and urgent action is needed to recover the stock. Scientists Read more

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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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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Eel, European (Farmed)

Anguilla anguilla

Eels are exploited in all life stages and those that are fished do not have the chance to breed. European eel populations are at an all time low. Their status remains critical and urgent action is needed to recover the stock. Scientists Read more

Picture of Eel, European (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: five info
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