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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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

IV


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

IV


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
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VIIh-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
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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 — Western Channel
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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 — Western Channel
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VIIe


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)
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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)
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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 (South coast)
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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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Squid, Japanese flying

Todarodes pacificus

Squid (often found on menus using the Italian word 'calamari') can be stuffed whole, cut into pieces or rings, which are often deep fried, pickled, as jerky called sakiika, salted or fermented (shiokara). Squid flesh is also produced to Read more

Picture of Squid, Japanese flying
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Jig
Capture area — Northwest Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Japan
Stock detail

East China Sea, Yellow Sea, Bo Hai Sea, Korea Bay


Rating: two info
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Sturgeon (Farmed)

Acipenser, Huso spp.

Sturgeon is the common name used for some 26 species of fish in the family Acipenseridae, one of the oldest families of bony fish in existence, all found in the northern hemisphere. Sometimes Sturgeon is used more exclusively to refer to Read more

Picture of Sturgeon (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe and USA
Production method — Closed system
Rating: two info
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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

A magnificent solitary predator, extremely fast swimming with a fearsome-looking, pointed sword-like bill for stunning its prey. It can gather speed up to 50mph and can reach up to 4.5m in length! Like sharks, swordfish are at the top of Read more

Picture of Swordfish
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North West & Central West Atlantic (FAO 21, 31)
Stock area — North West & Central West Atlantic
Stock detail

Canadian and US certified fleets


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — South West Pacific (FAO 71,77,81)
Stock area — South West Pacific
Stock detail

Certified fleets only


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Tilapia

Oreochromis niloticus niloticus

Tilapia is a low calorie, low carb and low sodium protein although it has got quite a high fat content. Its plain, rather muddy flavour allows it to take on other flavours and it can be cooked with a variety of herbs and spices. It can Read more

Picture of Tilapia
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Closed recirculation system (RAS) monoculture
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — All
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ASC


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Zimbabwe
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: two info
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Trout, Rainbow

Oncorhynchus mykiss

Brown or sea and rainbow trout can be steamed or baked, whole or filleted, and is really tasty when cooked in the microwave. Also popular smoked. Not strongly flavoured but its low in fat - a third of the fat of salmon at just 135kcals per Read more

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Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open system (pond and raceway)
Certification

Organic


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Freshwater pond without recirculation
Rating: two info
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Tuna, albacore

Thunnus alalunga

Albacore are found throughout the world's temperate, sub-tropical and tropical oceans. They are a large species of tuna and grow more slowly than skipjack and yellowfin tuna which means they need to be well managed to prevent them from Read more

Picture of Tuna, albacore
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — North Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34)
Stock area — North Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Troll
Capture area — North Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34)
Stock area — North Atlantic
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All Areas


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Troll
Capture area — South Atlantic (FAO 41,47)
Stock area — South Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — South Atlantic (FAO 41,47)
Stock area — South Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Troll
Capture area — North Pacific (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — North Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — North Pacific (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — North Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Troll
Capture area — South Pacific (FAO 81,87,71,77)
Stock area — South Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — South Pacific (FAO 81,87,71,77)
Stock area — American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji,French Polynesia, High Seas, New Zealand
Stock detail

Certified fleets only


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Tuna, bigeye

Thunnus obesus

Bigeye tuna is a relatively large species of tuna, though not as large as bluefin, which is able to tolerate colder waters than the smaller tunas and is commonly found at greater depths. Bigeye is often sold as fresh or frozen steaks and Read more

Picture of Tuna, bigeye
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Tuna, skipjack

Euthynnus pelamis, Katsuwonus pelamis

Skipjack tuna is a smaller and faster growing tuna, and one the best choices out of the commercially targeted tuna species. Skipjack stocks worldwide are still in fairly good shape, but the increasing catch in some areas is concerning and Read more

Picture of Tuna, skipjack
Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — The Republic of Maldives EEZ
Stock detail

Certified fleets only


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Western Atlantic (FAO 21,31,41)
Stock area — West Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: two info
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Tuna, yellowfin

Thunnus albacares

A big bulky tuna, though not as large as bluefin, found in tropical or subtropical climates. The tail and some fins are yellow, the rest of the body a glistening dark blue, silvery on the underside. Yellowfin can be canned, sold as steaks Read more

Picture of Tuna, yellowfin
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line; Handline
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Philippines, Indo, PNG
Stock detail

Philippines, Indo, Vietnam, PNG EEZs


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — Australia & Fiji
Stock detail

Certified fleets only


Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


Rating: two info
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Turbot (Caught at sea)

Psetta maxima

One of the most expensive fish - once a symbol of luxury and ostentation - turbot belongs to a small family of left-eyed flatfish (both eyes on the left of the body). It is mainly supplied to and sold by the restaurant trade. Turbot may Read more

Picture of Turbot (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Trap
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail

IV


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Hook & line
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail

IV


Rating: two info
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Turbot (Farmed)

Psetta maxima

One of the most expensive fish - once a symbol of luxury and ostentation - turbot belongs to a small family of left-eyed flatfish (both eyes on the left of the body. It is mainly supplied to and sold by the restaurant trade. Turbot may be Read more

Picture of Turbot (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Onshore open circuit system
Rating: two info
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Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting has a firm white flesh and is best used when very fresh. Sold whole and filleted, fresh or frozen. Also dried, salted and smoked. Whiting is a slender bodied, sandy, blue-green coloured fish with conspicuous white sides and belly, Read more

Picture of Whiting
Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southern Celtic Sea and English Channel
Stock detail

VIIb,c, e-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 — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: two info
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