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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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 — Eastern North 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 — Eastern North 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 — Eastern North 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 — Eastern North 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 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

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, 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, organic certification
Rating: two info
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Prawn, Northern, prawns

Pandalus borealis

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. Prawns are crustaceans related to species Read more

Picture of Prawn, Northern, prawns
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

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
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, organic certification
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — SE Asia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh
Production method — Zero input system
Rating: two info
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Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)

Salmo salar

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega-3s. It's a good source of Vitamin D, phosphorous and calcium. Fresh salmon may be baked, grilled or poached. It is also canned, pickled (gravadlax) or smoked. It's also used in sushi and sashimi.

Picture of Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, Organic certification
Rating: two info
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Salmon, Chinook, King Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega 3. It's a good source of Vitamin D, phosphorous and calcium. Fresh salmom may be baked, grilled or poached. It is also canned, pickled (gravadlax) or smoked. It's also used as a substitute for sushi and Read more

Picture of Salmon, Chinook, King Salmon
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska; California; Pacific Northwest USA; British Columbia, Canada; Japan and Russia
Stock detail

Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail

Westward


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail

Central


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail

Southeast


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: two info
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Salmon, Chum, Keta, Calico or Dog salmon

Oncorhynchus keta

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega 3. It's a good source of Vitamin D, phosphorous and calcium. Fresh salmom may be baked, grilled or poached. It is also canned, pickled (gravadlax) or smoked. It's also used as a substitute for sushi and Read more

Picture of Salmon, Chum, Keta, Calico or Dog salmon
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — USA
Stock detail

Alaska


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: two info
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Salmon, Coho , Silver, White

Oncorhynchus kisutch

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega 3. It's a good source of Vitamin D, phosphorous and calcium. Fresh salmom may be baked, grilled or poached. It is also canned, pickled (gravadlax) or smoked. It's also used as a substitute for sushi and Read more

Picture of Salmon, Coho , Silver, White
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — North Pacific
Stock detail

Alaska


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: two info
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Salmon, Pink, Spring , humpback

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega 3. It's a good source of Vitamin D, phosphorous and calcium. Fresh salmom may be baked, grilled or poached. It is also canned, pickled (gravadlax) or smoked. It's also used as a substitute for sushi and Read more

Picture of Salmon, Pink, Spring , humpback
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — Alaska
Stock detail

Southeast Alaska and Prince William Sound


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Trap
Capture area — Pacific Ocean (FAO 61)
Stock area — South-Kuril
Stock detail
Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Salmon, Sockeye , Red Salmon, Bluebacks, Redfish

Oncorhynchus nerka

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega 3. It's a good source of Vitamin D, phosphorous and calcium. Fresh salmom may be baked, grilled or poached. It is also canned, pickled (gravadlax) or smoked. It's also used as a substitute for sushi and Read more

Picture of Salmon, Sockeye , Red Salmon, Bluebacks, Redfish
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific (FAO 67)
Stock area — North Pacific
Stock detail

Alaska and British Columbia


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and or FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme


Rating: two info
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Scallop, King, scallops

Pecten maximus

Pan fried with a bit of lemon is often how scallops are served -the part we generally eat is the white adductor muscle which it uses to open and close it's shell and the orange (female) and creamy (male) roe. Scallops are bivalve (2 shell) Read more

Picture of Scallop, King, scallops
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dive caught
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Scotland
Stock detail

6a (0-3nm)


Rating: two info
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Scallop, Queen, scallops

Mimachlamys varia

Picture of Scallop, Queen, scallops
Sustainability rating: two 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: two info
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Sole, Dover sole, Common sole

Solea solea

This flatfish is eaten fresh, whole and cooked, usually grilled. It has delicate texture and is subtle in flavour and is very popular in France because of its taste. Species favoured by the French because of its superb flavour. Dover sole Read more

Picture of Sole, Dover sole, Common sole
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
Stock detail

4.b, c


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 — North Sea
Stock detail

4.b, c


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 — Celtic Sea South, southwest of Ireland
Stock detail
  1. h-k

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 — Western Channel
Stock detail
  1. e

Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Western Channel
Stock detail
  1. e

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 — Western Channel
Stock detail
  1. e

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 (South coast)
Stock detail

VIIe


Rating: two 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 (South coast)
Stock detail

VIIe


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


Rating: two info
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Sole, Lemon

Microstomus kitt

Best dusted in flour, fried in butter and eaten on the bone. Lemon sole is also sold filleted and chilled or frozen in breadcrumbs. Doesn't deserve to be made into goujons and doesn't taste of lemon! Belongs to the same family as halibut Read more

Picture of Sole, Lemon
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel
Stock detail

IV and IIIa, VIId


Rating: two info
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Sprat, whitebait

Sprattus sprattus

The term whitebait is used widely throughout the world, referring to small, usually marine, fishes. It has been reported that whitebait available in the UK is made up mostly of young sprats from the Baltic Sea, but depending on the source, Read more

Picture of Sprat, whitebait
Sustainability rating: one info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Baltic Sea
Stock detail

Subdivisions 22-32


Rating: one info
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