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Responsible Seafood

Ever wondered where the fish you eat comes from? Or if you are choosing the right ones?

The future of the fish supper is no longer guaranteed. Many fish stocks are in a state of serious decline, with overfishing a great threat to marine wildlife and habitats. With 90% of world fish stocks fully or over-exploited from fishing, plus pressure from climate change and pollution, we’re moving into dangerous waters when it comes to the fish of the future.

We are leading the way on changing habits. You can help reduce the strain on certain species by demanding that the fish you eat comes from sustainably managed stocks and is caught or farmed in a way that causes minimal damage to the marine environment and other wildlife. Doing the right thing is easier than you think. Check out our Good Fish Guide and download the free app.


Good Fish Guide

Use the Good Fish Guide to find out which fish you should choose to eat and which you should avoid.

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Wall of Fame

Find out who uses the MCS fish ratings on our wall of fame.

Rating Method

Download the app.

Download the MCS award winning Good Fish Guide app for FREE
from the Apple App store
and Google Play Store!

Fishing Methods

How is my seafood caught & farmed?

Fish can be caught and farmed in numerous different ways. Our guide details the main methods that are used.

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Top Tips

How you can buy the most sustainable fish.

Fish of The Month

Sustainable seafood recipes

Recipes for fish in season, every month of the year, from top celebrity chefs
who are passionate about using fish from sustainable sources.

More information and campaigns to get behind…

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Buying seasonal fish

If you enjoy eating fresh fish but are unsure of how seasonality affects their sustainability, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has produced a handy guide to the best choices for those fresh, wild caught fish that we rate

Download the .pdf guide

Fish translations

While the species names (in Latin) remain the same around the world, common names for fish vary. Even within the same country, one kind of fish can have many common names! Learn more in our translation guide.

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Fish to Fork


We’ve teamed up with Fish2Fork, the online guide that rates restaurants on seafood sustainability.

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Our fish ratings explained

Each of the fish included on the MCS websites have been given a rating to enable you to quickly identify species that are considered to be sustainably produced, and those species which are not.

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Seafood Services

Consultancy work

The MCS consultancy service.

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Aquaculture Planning Guidance

A comprehensive guide to the planning process for Scottish aquaculture

Download our .pdf guide

Our Good Fish Guide as a .pdf

We produce a summary of the advice contained in our online Good Fish Guide as a .pdf

Download the .pdf

Fishing Areas

Fishery / Production Areas

Where do all the fish come from?

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Policy Papers

MCS has developed a number of policy statements and information notes, intended to provide detailed information on some of the more complex issues associated with sustainable fisheries and seafood production.

Read MCS's position papers

Did you know?…

21.7 million tonnes of wild caught fish are not for people to eat; almost 75% of this is to feed farmed fish

41% of North East Atlantic stocks including those around the UK are subject to overfishing

6,500 fishing boats in the UK catch up to 150 different species, but most people in the UK only eat 5

What's your impact on our seas?

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.

Make the right choice and reduce your impact - every purchase matters!

See our top tips

Stop the plastic tide

Support our appeal to turn the tide on plastics.

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