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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Bass, seabass (Caught at sea)

Dicentrarchus labrax

Seabass are thick-set fish with silvery-scales and a rapid swimming predator, prized by anglers and chefs alike. Can be roasted, grilled, baked or barbecued, also be steamed or poached. Good with rosemary, garlic or lemon.

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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 — West of Scotland, West of Ireland and eastern part of Southwest of Ireland
Stock detail

VIa, VIIb and VII


Rating: four info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay South, Atlantic Iberian Waters
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VIIIc and IXa


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 — Central and South North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Sea
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IVb and c, VIIa, and VIId-h


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Pelagic trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Central and South North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Sea
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IVb and c, VIIa, and VIId-h


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Central and South North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel, Celtic Sea
Stock detail

IVb and c, VIIa, and VIId-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 — Cornwall
Stock detail

VIIe,f,g and h


Rating: five info
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Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Handline
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 — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Bay of Biscay North and Central
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VIIIa,b


Rating: five info
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Bass, seabass (Farmed)

Dicentrarchus labrax

Can be roasted, grilled, baked or barbecued, also be steamed or poached. Good with rosemary, garlic or lemon. Seabass are thick-set fish with silvery-scales and a rapid swimming predator, prized by anglers and chefs alike.

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Sustainability range: from one to four info
Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
Rating: one info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen, GlobalGAP certified
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GlobalGAP


Rating: three info
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Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Open net pen
Rating: four info
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