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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Herring or sild

Clupea harengus

The largest single fishery is for Atlantic herring which is fished throughout much of the north Atlantic. Herring is a resilient species and is caught using fishing methods that are relatively selective or 'clean' in terms of bycatch and Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Western Baltic
Stock detail

20-24 and IIIa (Spring spawners)


Rating: five 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 — Western Baltic
Stock detail

20-24 and IIIa (Spring spawners)


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West of Scotland, West of Ireland
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6.a, 7.b-c


Rating: five info
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John Dory

Zeus faber

A white, boneless, meaty flesh that's firm, flavoursome and versatile. You can poach it, grill or saute it; and chefs love a John Dory because it's delicate, mild sweet flavour goes well with loads of ingredients - the bones from the head Read more

Picture of John Dory
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
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1 to 9


Rating: five 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 — All Areas
Stock detail

1 to 9


Rating: five 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
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VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: five 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
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VIIe,f,g and h


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 — Cornwall
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VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: five info
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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 associated with large quantities of bycatch and discards Read more

Picture of Lobster, Norway, Langoustine, Dublin Bay prawn or scampi
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Devil's Hole)
Stock detail

4b (FU 34)


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 — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland
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Celtic Sea, the Smalls (Management Area M, FU 22)


Rating: five info
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Marlin, blue

Makaira nigricans

Atlantic blue marlin has been overfished for many years and is still below safe levels. Best avoided for now.

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Sustainability rating: five info
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: five info
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Mullet, Grey, Thicklip

Chelon labrosus

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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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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Ripping
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
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Manacles Reef


Rating: five 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

English Channel, North Sea


Rating: five info
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Mullet, Red, Striped red mullet

Mullus surmuletus

There is no assessment or management of red mullet stocks. This is a cause for concern as the species is taken in both targeted fisheries and as bycatch. Two management units are indentified in European waters - a Western and a Northern Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Eastern English Channel and Skagerrak and Kattegat (Northern Area)
Stock detail

IV, VIId, IIIa


Rating: five 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, Eastern English Channel and Skagerrak and Kattegat (Northern Area)
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IV, VIId, IIIa


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Danish seine
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Eastern English Channel and Skagerrak and Kattegat (Northern Area)
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IV, VIId, IIIa


Rating: five info
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Nursehound, Bull Huss, Greater Spotted Dogfish

Scyliorhinus stellaris

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 — Longline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea and English Channel
Stock detail

6 and 7


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
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VIIe,f,g and h


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 — Celtic Sea and English Channel
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6 and 7


Rating: five 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 — Celtic Sea and English Channel
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6 and 7


Rating: five 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

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hand-gathering
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Parrotfish, Uhu

Scarus spp.

Parrotfish are moderately resilient to fishing but there is very little data available on their abundance or exploitation rates. And little or no management of the species. Despite the prevalence of marine reserves, the effectiveness of Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Worldwide (FAO All Areas)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail
Rating: five info
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Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Plaice is a popular consumption and long-lived species which 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 Western Channel Read more

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

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 — Southwest Ireland
Stock detail
  1. h-k

Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southwest Ireland
Stock detail
  1. h-k

Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southwest Ireland
Stock detail
  1. h-k

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 — West of Ireland
Stock detail
  1. b-c

Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West of Ireland
Stock detail
  1. b-c

Rating: five 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 rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North West Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Western Bering Sea
Stock detail

Western Bering Sea


Rating: five 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

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — South East Asia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia
Production method — Pond system, intensive
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Latin America, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Central\n\nAmeri
Production method — Pond system, intensive
Rating: five info
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Prawn, Northern, prawns

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
Sustainability rating: 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 Norwegian Deep)
Stock detail

3.a and 4.a


Rating: five info
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Ray, Blonde

Raja brachyura

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays' can be a bit confusing here in Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Western English Channel
Stock detail

7e


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 and Celtic Seas
Stock detail

7a, f and g


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — S North Sea and E English Channel
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4c & 7d


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northern North Sea and West of Scotland
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4 and 6


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bristol Channel
Stock detail

7f,g


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 — Northern North Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail

4 and 6


Rating: five info
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Ray, blonde

Raja brachyura

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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 — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: five info
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