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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Sawfish

Pristis pristis, P.pectinata, P.perotteti

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000m 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 — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — Worldwide (FAO All Areas)
Stock area — All Areas
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Scallop, King, scallops

Pecten maximus

Most scallops are caught by dredging, which can be very damaging to habitats. Choose dive-caught as a much better option. Work is underway to try to improve understanding of the locations and sizes of UK scallop stocks - in general, the Read more

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Sustainability range: from one to five info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Scotland
Production method — Suspended Rope Culture and Bottom Culture
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dive caught
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6a: Scotland (0-3nm)
Rating: two info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dive-caught
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel (West)
Stock detail — 7e.I: Inshore Cornwall (0-6 nm)
CertificationFIP Stage 3
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (North)
Stock detail — 4a: Shetland (0-6nm)
Certification — Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Central)
Stock detail — 4b South: North Eastern IFCA District (0-6nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dive caught
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (North)
Stock detail — 4a: Orkney
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel (West)
Stock detail — 7e.I: Inshore Cornwall (0-6 nm)
CertificationFIP Stage 3
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6a: Scotland (3-12nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (North)
Stock detail — 4a: Shetland (6-12nm)
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel (West)
Stock detail — 7e.I: Inshore Cornwall (beyond 6nm)
CertificationFIP Stage 3
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6a: Scotland (0-3nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f.I: Inshore Bristol Channel (beyond 6nm)
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Central)
Stock detail — 4b South: England except NEIFCA district
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a: Isle of Man (0-3nm)
Certification — Fishery Improvement Project: Stage 3
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a: Isle of Man (3-12nm)
Certification — Fishery Improvement Project: Stage 3
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 7d.N: Inshore North (0-6 nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 7d.N: Offshore North (beyond 6 nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a: Northern Ireland
Certification — Fishery Improvement Project: Stage 3
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (North)
Stock detail — 4a: Scotland (0-3nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (North)
Stock detail — 4a: Scotland (3-12nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Central)
Stock detail — 4b North: Scotland (0-3nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Central)
Stock detail — 4b North: Scotland (3-12nm)
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a: Irish Sea: offshore Isle of Man (beyond 12nm)
Certification — Fishery Improvement Project: Stage 3
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a: Wales (Cardigan Bay)
Certification — Fishery Improvement Project: Stage 3
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel (West)
Stock detail — 7e.L: Lyme Bay
Certification — FIP Stage 3. Click here for info on FIP
Rating: four to five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea (Central)
Stock detail — 4b: Dogger Bank
Rating: five info
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Scallop, Queen, scallops

Aequipecten opercularis

Most scallops are caught by dredging, which can be very damaging to habitats. Choose dive-caught as a much better option. Work is underway to try to improve understanding of the locations and sizes of UK scallop stocks - in general, the Read more

Picture of Scallop, Queen, scallops
Sustainability range: from one to five info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Scotland
Production method — Suspended Rope Culture and Bottom Culture
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a: Wales (All areas)
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Sail and oar
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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
Stock detail — 7a: Irish Sea: offshore Isle of Man (beyond 12nm)
Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Dredge
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a: Irish Sea: offshore Isle of Man (beyond 12nm)
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 — 7a: Isle of Man (0-12nm)
Rating: five info
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Shark, Angel

Squatina squatina

Angel shark is an EU Prohibited Species and are Critically Endangered. Catches of angel shark are now rare, both in surveys and commercially. Avoid eating.

Picture of Shark, Angel
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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Shark, Blue

Prionace glauca

Picture of Shark, Blue
Sustainability rating: 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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — North East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Shark, Porbeagle

Lamna nasus

Porbeagle is assessed as Critically Endangered in Northeast Atlantic by the IUCN. ICES advises that no fishing for porbeagle should be permitted, landings should not be allowed. Porbeagles are automatically scored red-rated. Avoid eating.

Picture of Shark, Porbeagle
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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Shark, Tope

Galeorhinus galeus

Tope is considered highly vulnerable to over-exploitation because they are slow-growing and long-lived with a low reproductive capacity. Tope is assessed as Vulnerable (2016) globally by IUCN and as "Data Deficient" in the Northeast Read more

Picture of Shark, Tope
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Longline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — North East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
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 — North East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
Rating: five info
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Shrimp, brown or common

Crangon crangon

The common or brown shrimp, is found in mainly shallow water along the Eastern Atlantic coast as far south as Morocco, and into the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Brown shrimp is a relatively fast growing and resilient species yet plays a Read more

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Sustainability rating: rating under review info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Beam trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — VIIa
Stock detail — Solway Firth
Rating: rating under review 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
Rating: rating under review info
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Skate, Common

Dipturus batis

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

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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 — North Sea and Skagerrak; Celtic Sea and West of Scotland
Stock detail — 6 & 7
Rating: five info
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Skate, Longnosed

Dipturus oxyrinchus

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 Skate, Longnosed
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 — 1 to 10
Rating: five info
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Skate, Norwegian or Black

Dipturus nidarosiensis

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

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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 — 4, 3a, 7d
Rating: five info
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Skate, White

Rostroraja alba

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 Skate, White
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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Smoothhound

Mustelus spp.

Smoothhound is one of few shark species whose numbers appear to be stable at present, however there is much uncertainty about its stock status. Unlike many similar elasmobranchs, their relatively high productivity means that there is Read more

Picture of Smoothhound
Sustainability rating: five info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North East 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 — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North East Atlantic
Stock detail — All Areas
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 — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: five info
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Sole, Dover sole, Common sole

Solea solea

The best choices for Dover or common sole are from the north Celtic Sea, the Bristol Channel and the western English Channel. Fish caught by otter trawl and gillnet will have fewer habitat impacts than those caught by beam trawl, and avoid Read more

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Sustainability range: from two to five with at least one rating under review info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pulse trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail — 4
Rating: rating under review info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — English Channel: East
Stock detail — 7d
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 — 7f, 7g
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 — Baltic Sea (West), Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — 3a-d (subdivisions 20-24)
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 — Baltic Sea (West), Skagerrak and Kattegat
Stock detail — 3a-d (subdivisions 20-24)
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, Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f, 7g
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 — Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel
Stock detail — 7f, 7g
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 — English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 7d
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 — Irish Sea
Stock detail — 7a
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 — English Channel (West)
Stock detail — 7e
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 — English Channel (West)
Stock detail — 7e
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 — English Channel (West)
Stock detail — 7e
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 — 7e
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
Stock detail — 7f,g
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
Stock detail — 7e
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
Stock detail — 7e
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 — English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 7d
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 — English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 7d
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 Sea South, southwest of Ireland
Stock detail — 7h-k
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
Stock detail — 7a
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
Stock detail — 4
Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea
Stock detail — 4
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 — North Sea
Stock detail — 4
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 — Celtic Sea South, southwest of Ireland
Stock detail — 7h-k
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
Stock detail — 4
Rating: five info
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Sole, Lemon

Microstomus kitt

The fishery for Lemon sole is generally unmanaged in EU waters and there is no minimum landing size (MLS) for the species. An exception to this is in Cornish waters where a MLS of 25cm is enforced by local byelaw. There is no formal Read more

Picture of Sole, Lemon
Sustainability range: from three to four info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Gill or fixed net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
Rating: three info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal seine net
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
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 and Kattegat, English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
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 — North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, English Channel (East)
Stock detail — 4, 3a, 7d
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 — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
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 — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Rating: four info
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