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.
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Cuttlefish (family Sepiidae) belong to a specialised group of molluscs, known as cephalopods, which also includes octopus and squid. A wide range of cuttlefish products are found including fresh,whole, fish and block-frozen baby
cuttlefish. Their flesh is marketed primarily for human consumption but their cuttles -or bones- are sold as sources of calcium for caged birds such as canaries. Their ink (sepia) is also prized as a colouring agent in cooking, textiles and paint.
Taking cuttlefish in traps is generally a more selective fishing method and less damaging than trawl fishing. However, cuttlefish are caught in traps when they come into inshore waters to lay their eggs, and when eggs are laid on the traps they are destroyed during harvest. Given their short lifespan, low fecundity (egg production) and potential targeting during their breeding season, some form of precautionary management seems appropriate, especially if stocks are fully fished. Where available, look for cuttlefish taken in fisheries where measures have been adopted to protect cuttlefish eggs, e.g. Dorset (Poole, Christchurch) and Brittany. These measures include leaving egg encrusted cuttlefish traps in sheltered areas of the sea to allow the eggs to hatch, and providing a removable surface on the outside of the traps on which cuttlefish can lay their eggs.