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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

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Sustainability range: from one to two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — VIIa
Rating: one info
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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
Stock detail — 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
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 — Western Channel
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 — Western Channel
Stock detail — 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)
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 (South coast)
Stock detail — VIIe
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

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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

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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

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

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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 — Harpoon
Capture area — South East Pacific (FAO 77,81,87)
Stock area — South East Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
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

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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
Certification — 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 a moderate sized tuna that are primarily sold as fresh or frozen steaks and can also be used raw as sashimi.

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Sustainability rating: 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: two 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
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 — 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 — South Atlantic (FAO 41,47)
Stock area — South Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: two 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: 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 — South Pacific
Stock detail — Certified fleets only
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
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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Tuna, skipjack

Euthynnus pelamis, Katsuwonus pelamis

Skipjack are a relatively small tuna (growing to a metre in length) and sometimes sold as 'bonito' though this is a different species of fish. Skipjack is primarily sold in cans.

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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; Troll
Capture area — Eastern Atlantic (FAO 27,34,47)
Stock area — East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Troll; Pole & line
Capture area — Eastern Pacific - EPO (FAO 77,87,81)
Stock area — EPO
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: two 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 — Purse seine (non FAD associated)
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 — WCPO
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (non FAD associated)
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — WCPO
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 41,31)
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

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Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (non FAD associated)
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — WCPO
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: two info
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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, 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 — Solomon Islands
Stock detail — Certified fleets only
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
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

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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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