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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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

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Sustainability range: from one to five 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 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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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)
Stock detail — 3.a and 4.a
Rating: five info
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Prawn, Tiger prawns (Caught at sea)

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 (Caught at sea)
Sustainability rating: rating under review info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Western Indian Ocean (FAO 51)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail
Rating: rating under review info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — Eastern Indian Ocean (FAO 57)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail
Rating: rating under review info
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Prawn, Tiger prawns (Farmed)

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 (Farmed)
Sustainability range: from two to five info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system
Certification — Organic certification
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Indonesia
Production method — Zero input system
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system
Certification — GlobalGap certified
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system
Certification — GAA BAP certification (4*)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — Pond system
Certification — GAA BAP certification (2 and 3*)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Global
Production method — All
Certification — ASC
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Bangladesh
Production method — Pond system, extensive
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — India, Vietnam and Indonesia
Production method — Semi-intensive and improved extensive
Rating: five info
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Ray, Blonde

Raja brachyura

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, Blonde
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — S North Sea and E English Channel
Stock detail — 4c & 7d
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Northern North Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 4 and 6
Rating: five 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
Stock detail — 7f,g
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 — Northern North Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 4 and 6
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 — Western English Channel
Stock detail — 7e
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 — Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f,g
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 and Celtic Seas
Stock detail — 7a, f and g
Rating: five info
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Ray, Cuckoo

Leucoraja naevus

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, Cuckoo
Sustainability range: from four to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6,7 and 8a,b,d
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four 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 and Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — 4 and 3a
Rating: five info
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Ray, Sandy

Leucoraja circularis

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, Sandy
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6 and 7
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five 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 Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6 and 7
Rating: five info
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Ray, Shagreen

Leucoraja fullonica

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, Shagreen
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6 and 7
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
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 — Celtic Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6 and 7
Rating: five info
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Ray, Smalleyed

Raja microocellata

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, Smalleyed
Sustainability range: from four to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f,g
Rating: four 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 — Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f,g
Rating: four 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 — English Channel
Stock detail — 7d,e
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: five 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 — English Channel
Stock detail — 7d,e
Rating: five 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 range: from three to five 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 — 7f and 7g
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 — 7f and 7g
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 — North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat, and Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 3a, 4, & 7d
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four 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, Skagerrak, Kattegat, and Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 3a, 4, & 7d
Rating: four 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 — Southern Celtic Seas
Stock detail — 7a and 7e-h
Rating: four 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 — West of Scotland and Southwest Ireland
Stock detail — 6, 7b,j
Rating: five info
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Ray, Starry

Amblyraja radiata

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, Starry
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Norwegian Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat and North Sea
Stock detail — 2, 3a & 4
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 — Norwegian Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat and North Sea
Stock detail — 2, 3a & 4
Rating: five 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 range: from three to five 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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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish and Celtic Seas
Stock detail — 7a,f,g
Rating: four 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 — Irish and Celtic Seas
Stock detail — 7a,f,g
Rating: four 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, Kattegat and Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 4,3a & 7d
Rating: four 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: four 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
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four 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
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four 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, Skagerrak, Kattegat and Eastern English Channel
Stock detail — 4,3a & 7d
Rating: four 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 English Channel
Stock detail — 7e
Rating: five 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 English Channel
Stock detail — 7e
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 — West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6
Rating: five info
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Ray, Undulate

Raja undulata

Picture of Ray, Undulate
Sustainability range: from four to five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
Rating: four 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 — English Channel
Stock detail — 7d,e
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel
Stock detail — 7d,e
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Celtic Sea and west of Scotland
Stock detail — 7b,j
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 — Celtic Sea and west of Scotland
Stock detail — 7b,j
Rating: five info
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Salmon, Atlantic (Caught at sea)

Salmo salar

Generally stocks of wild Atlantic salmon are depleted. There may be several reasons for this. Factors include: marine mortality, linked to ocean climate and productivity; pollution; environmental changes; aquaculture; freshwater habitat Read more

Picture of Salmon, Atlantic (Caught at sea)
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 — NE Atlantic
Stock detail — All areas and all rivers not achieving conservation limits
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Drift and fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — NE Atlantic
Stock detail — Scotland - Rivers listed as Grade 2 or 3 by [Marine Scotland](https://www2.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00546374.pdf)
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Drift and fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — NE Atlantic
Stock detail — England and Wales <br>(All rivers not classified as 'Not at risk' by the [Environment Agency](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-annual-fisheries-report))
Rating: five info
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Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)

Salmo salar

Salmon is an oily fish rich in Omega-3s. 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 in sushi and sashimi.

Picture of Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)
Sustainability range: from two to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Certification — Organic certification
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Faroe Islands
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Certification — GlobalGap certification
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Certification — GAA Bap certification (3*)
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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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 — Chile
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: four 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 — North East 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 — North East 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 — North East 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 — North East 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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