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 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 — 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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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Norwegian Deep)
Stock detail — 4a, Functional Unit 32
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 (Moray Firth)
Stock detail — 4a, Functional Unit 9
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 (Firth of Forth)
Stock detail — 4b, Functional Unit 8
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 — 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: 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 — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland (Irish Sea East)
Stock detail — 7a, Functional Unit 14
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland (Ireland SW and SE coast)
Stock detail — 7a, 7g, 7j, Functional Unit 19
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 — 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: 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 — 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: 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 — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland (Irish Sea West)
Stock detail — 7a, Functional Unit 15
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland (Aran, Galway Bay and Slyne Head)
Stock detail — 7b, Functional Unit 17
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 (Noup)
Stock detail — 4a, Functional Unit 10
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
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 (Farn Deeps)
Stock detail — 4b, Functional Unit 6
Certification — FIP Stage 2. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-norway-lobster-bottom-trawl-and-creel)
Rating: three 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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Meagre

Argyrosomus regius

European union and Turkey are primary producers of farmed meagre. Meagre are generally farmed in open sea pens and are fed a diet reliant on wild fish capture as a key ingredient. Bream farmed in this way can cause some environmental Read more

Picture of Meagre
Sustainability rating: three info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Certification — GlobalGap certified
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Certification — ASC certified
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Certification — GAA BAP 3* & 4* certified
Rating: three 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 range: from two to three 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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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: 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 — Rockall
Stock detail — 6b
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 — Celtic Sea, west of Ireland, Bay of Biscay
Stock detail — 7b-k, 8a, 8b, 8d
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — Celtic Sea, west of Ireland, Bay of Biscay
Stock detail — 7b-k, 8a, 8b, 8d
Rating: three 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 range: from two to three 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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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay
Stock detail — 7, 8a, 8b, 8d
Certification — FIP Stage 3. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-monkfish-gillnettrawl)
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 — Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay
Stock detail — 7, 8a, 8b, 8d
Certification — FIP Stage 3. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-monkfish-gillnettrawl)
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 — North Sea, West of Scotland and Rockall, Kattegat and Skagerrak
Stock detail — 4, 6, 3a
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 — Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay
Stock detail — 7, 8a, 8b, 8d
Certification — FIP Stage 3. More info available [here](https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/uk-monkfish-gillnettrawl)
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, West of Scotland and Rockall, Kattegat and Skagerrak
Stock detail — 4, 6, 3a
Rating: three 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

Picture of Mullet, Red, Striped red mullet
Sustainability rating: three 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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: three 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

Picture of Mussel, Chilean (Farmed)
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 range: from two to three 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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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a
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 — Baltic Sea
Stock detail — 3d.24-32
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 — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a
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 — English Channel: West
Stock detail — 7e
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 — English Channel: West
Stock detail — 7e
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 — English Channel: East
Stock detail — 7d
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 — Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f, 7g
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 — Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f, 7g
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: three info
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Pollack or Lythe

Pollachius pollachius

There is insufficient information available to evaluate stock biomass and fishing mortality for pollack. The best choice to make, in terms of selectivity, is handline-caught pollack from the southwest. For more information on line caught Read more

Picture of Pollack or Lythe
Sustainability rating: three 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: three 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: 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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — Celtic Seas, West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6, 7
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 — Celtic Seas, West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6, 7
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Seas, West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6, 7
Rating: three 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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