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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Mackerel

Scomber scombrus

When cooked the meat is really creamy and is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Mackerel is best eaten fresh and can be grilled, smoked or fried. It's rumoured to improve brain power so an ideal starter fish for the kids! A fast swimming silver Read more

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Sustainability rating: two info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southern, Western & North Sea
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South West


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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southern, Western & North Sea
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EU & Norway (MINSA)


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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Purse seine
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Southern, Western & North Sea
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EU & Norway (MINSA)


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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
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VIIe,f,g and h


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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
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VIIe,f,g and h


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Scad, Horse Mackerel

Trachurus trachurus

This mackerel can be smoked, fried, salted and baked. Avoid eating immature fish; sexual maturity is reached at about 3-4 years at a length of about 25 cm, however, the legal minimum landing size is 15 cm.

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Sustainability rating: rating under review info
Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — All Areas
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I-IX


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