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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Squid, Short-finned

Ommastrephid squid (mainly Illex coindetii, Todaropsis eblanae and Todarodes sagittatus)

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, Short-finned
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea, West of Ireland and Porcupine Bank, English Channel, Celtic Sea and SW Ireland
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7a-k


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 sturgeon.

Picture of Sturgeon (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
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 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: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Mediterranean (FAO 37)
Stock area — Mediterranean
Stock detail

All Areas


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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


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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, 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 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.

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34,41,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34,41,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pole & line
Capture area — Atlantic (FAO 21,27,31,34,41,47)
Stock area — Atlantic
Stock detail

All Areas


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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


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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


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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

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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 — Western and Central Pacific
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


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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.

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — Indian Ocean (FAO 51,57)
Stock area — Indian Ocean
Stock detail

All Areas


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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine (FAD & Free School)
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 — 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 — Western and Central Pacific
Stock detail

All Areas


Rating: five info
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Whelk, whelks

Buccinum undatum

Whelks are large marine gastropods, or snails, with strong, whitish shells. Whelks are a particularly vulnerable species because they are long-lived, mature late (5-7 years) and produce relatively low number of eggs. They aggregate Read more

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Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pot or creel
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — UK
Stock detail

Wales


Rating: five 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 — UK
Stock detail

England (except EIFCA and KEIFA districts)


Rating: five 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 — UK
Stock detail

Jersey


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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Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting are mainly a bycatch species and fisheries suffer from high discard rates. Even whiting above the MLS (27cm) have been observed to be discarded, due to their low market value and sometimes due to quota restrictions. Where whiting Read more

Picture of Whiting
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West Scotland
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VIa


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
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VIIa


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 — Rockall
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VIb


Rating: five info
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Wolffish

Anarhichas lupus

Wolffish are taken on longlines and as bycatch in mixed trawl and longline fisheries. It is a slow growing fish, vulnerable to the effects of overfishing. There is no stock assessment for this species in EU waters and the fisheries are not Read more

Picture of Wolffish
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
Stock detail

I- IX


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — All Areas
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I- IX


Rating: five info
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Wrasse, Ballan

Labrus bergylta

Picture of Wrasse, Ballan
Sustainability rating: five 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

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: five info
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