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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Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Another chip shop favourite. It's a right-eyed, oval-shaped flatfish with characteristic reddy orange spots and a pearly white underside. Its orange spots are an indication of freshness; brighter spots mean a fresher fish. Found all around Read more

Picture of Plaice
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 — North Sea and Skagerrak
Stock detail

IV and IIIa


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 — Eastern Channel
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VIId


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 — 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 — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
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VIIe,f,g and h


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
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VIIe,f,g and h


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 — North Sea and Skagerrak
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IV and IIIa


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 — Eastern Channel
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VIId


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 — Western Channel
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VIIe


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
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VIIa


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 — Irish Sea
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VIIa


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 — Bristol Channel and Celtic Sea
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VIIf and g


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 — Bristol Channel and Celtic Sea
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VIIf and g


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
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VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: three info
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Pollack or Lythe

Pollachius pollachius

Picture of Pollack or Lythe
Sustainability range: from two to three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
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VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: two 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 and the English Channel
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VI-VII


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
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VIIe,f,g and h


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
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VIIe,f,g and h


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 and the English Channel
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VI-VII


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 and the English Channel
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VI-VII


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 rating: 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: two 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: two 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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Pouting or Bib

Trisopterus luscus

Popular with French cooks who flour their pouting and fry or steam it with salted butter, it can also be poached then sauted. It's best to eat within six hours of being caught as after that it loses flavour. A member of the cod family, bib Read more

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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 — All Areas
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I-IX


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 — All Areas
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I-IX


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
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VIIe,f,g and h


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
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VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: three 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 three info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, organic certification
Certification

Organic


Rating: one info
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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, GlobalGAP certified
Certification

GlobalGap


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, GAA BAP certification
Certification

Global Aquaculture Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) 23


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — All (ASC)
Certification

ASC


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, GAA BAP certification
Certification

Global Aquaculture Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP)4*


Rating: three 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 East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Skagerrak and Norwegian Deep)
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IIIa and IVa


Rating: two 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 range: from one to three info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, organic certification
Certification

Organic


Rating: one 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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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Madagascar
Production method — Pond system, semi intensive
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, GlobalGAP certified
Certification

GlobalGap


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, GAA BAP certification
Certification

Global Aquaculture Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) 23


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — All (ASC)
Certification

ASC


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system, GAA BAP certification
Certification

Global Aquaculture Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) 4*


Rating: three info
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Ray, Spotted

Raja montagui

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

Picture of Ray, Spotted
Sustainability rating: three info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl and gill net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bristol Channel
Stock detail

7f and 7g


Rating: three info
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Ray, Thornback ray, Roker

Raja clavata

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

Picture of Ray, Thornback ray, Roker
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 — Bristol Channel
Stock detail

7 f & g


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 — Bristol Channel
Stock detail

7 f & g


Rating: three info
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Ray, Undulate

Raja undulata

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

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

7d,e


Rating: three info
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Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)

Salmo salar

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega 3. 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 as a substitute for sushi and Read more

Picture of Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)
Sustainability range: from two to three info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, Organic certification
Certification

Organic


Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Norway
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, GlobalGAP certification
Certification

GlobalGap


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, GAA BAP certification
Certification

GAA BAP


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — UK
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: three 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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