Good Fish Guide

Your guide to sustainable seafood


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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

Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pulse trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail — IVb, c
Rating: five 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 — VIIa
Rating: five info
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Spurdog, Spiny Dogfish, Dogfish, Rock Salmon or Flake

Squalus acanthias

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000 m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able to enter fresh water river systems Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — All Areas (Barents sea to Portuguese Coast)
Stock detail — I-IX
Rating: five info
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Squid, Common Chinese

Uroteuthis chinensis

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: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic Trawl
Capture area — Western Central Pacific Ocean (FAO 71) and Northwest Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Viet Nam, Thailand and Indonesia
Stock detail — Indonesia and Viet Nam
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Western Central Pacific Ocean (FAO 71) and Northwest Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Viet Nam, Thailand and Indonesia
Stock detail — Indonesia and Viet Nam
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic Trawl
Capture area — Western Central Pacific Ocean (FAO 71) and Northwest Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Viet Nam, Thailand and Indonesia
Stock detail — Thailand
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Western Central Pacific Ocean (FAO 71) and Northwest Pacific (FAO 61)
Stock area — Viet Nam, Thailand and Indonesia
Stock detail — Thailand
Rating: five info
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Sturgeon (Caught at sea)

Acipenser, Huso spp.

There are about 20 species of Sturgeon but some of them are critically endangered, such as the European Sturgeon. Avoid eating wild species.

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Drift and fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

A number of swordfish fisheries in the Atlantic and southwest Pacific have been certified as well managed and sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), so make sure to look for any products that carry their blue ecolabel. A Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Mediterranean (FAO 37)
Stock area — Mediterranean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — South East Pacific (FAO 77,81,87)
Stock area — South East Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — South West Pacific (FAO 71,77,81)
Stock area — South West Pacific
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five 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

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline; Gill net; Purse Seine
Capture area — Mediterranean (FAO 37)
Stock area — Mediterranean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Tuna, Atlantic bluefin (Caught at sea)

Thunnus thynnus

Bluefin tunas are vulnerable, slow growing and long lived species that are heavily exploited across their range. The market value of individual fish regularly reaches tens of thousands of pounds with the record being over a million pounds Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — East Atlantic & Mediterranean (FAO 27,37)
Stock area — East Atlantic & Mediterranean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Tuna, Atlantic bluefin (Farmed)

Thunnus thynnus

Bluefin tunas are vulnerable, slow growing and long lived species that are heavily exploited across their range. The market value of individual fish regularly reaches tens of thousands of pounds with the record being over a million pounds Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Mediterranean
Production method — Marine net pen, capture based aquaculture
Rating: five info
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Tuna, bigeye

Thunnus obesus

Bigeye tuna is a large tuna species (up to 2.5m long!) which needs to be well managed to prevent it being overexploited. It's mainly caught in longline and purse seine fisheries. In recent years, some bigeye tuna fisheries have improved, Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 34,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD associated)
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 34,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (non FAD associated)
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 34,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five 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 — WCPO
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD associated)
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — WCPO
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five 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: five info
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Tuna, Pacific bluefin

Thunnus orientalis

Bluefin tunas are vulnerable, slow growing and long lived species that are heavily exploited across their range. The market value of individual fish regularly reaches tens of thousands of pounds with the record being over a million pounds Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Pacific Ocean (FAO 61,67,71,77,81,87)
Stock area — Pacific Ocean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Tuna, skipjack

Euthynnus pelamis, Katsuwonus pelamis

Skipjack tuna is quite small and fast growing, and one the best choices out of the commercially fished tuna species. Skipjack stocks worldwide are still in fairly good shape, but the increasing catch in some areas is concerning. Skipjack Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — WCPO
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Tuna, southern bluefin (Caught at sea)

Thunnus maccoyii

Bluefin tunas are vulnerable, slow growing and long lived species that are heavily exploited across their range. The market value of individual fish regularly reaches tens of thousands of pounds with the record being over a million pounds Read more

Picture of Tuna, southern bluefin (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — Worldwide (FAO All Areas)
Stock area — Southern Hemisphere
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Tuna, southern bluefin (Farmed)

Thunnus maccoyii

Bluefin tunas are vulnerable, slow growing and long lived species that are heavily exploited across their range. The market value of individual fish regularly reaches tens of thousands of pounds with the record being over a million pounds Read more

Picture of Tuna, southern bluefin (Farmed)
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Mediterranean
Production method — Marine net pen, capture based aquaculture
Rating: five info
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Tuna, yellowfin

Thunnus albacares

Yellowfin tuna is a large tuna species that is often sold as tuna steaks in the UK. In recent years, increasing catches have overfished many yellowfin stocks, with only the Western and Central Pacific stock still in pretty good shape at Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD associated)
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five 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: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Ring net; Gill net
Capture area — Western & Central Pacific - WCPO (FAO 61,71,77)
Stock area — WCPO
Stock detail — WCPO
Rating: five info
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Whitebait

Various inc. spratus spratus

Mature sprat is a more sustainable alternative to whitebait, so if you see whitebait on the menu, ask if it is pure sprat.

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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