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.
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.
Good Fish Guide
Use the Good Fish Guide to find out which fish you should choose to eat and which you should avoid.
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…
The MCS consultancy service.Learn more
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
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.Download the .pdf
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.Find out more
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 rateDownload the .pdf guide
Fishery / Production Areas
Where do all the fish come from?Read more
Our Good Fish Guide as a .pdf
We produce a summary of the advice contained in our online Good Fish Guide as a .pdfDownload the .pdf
Aquaculture Planning Guidance
A comprehensive guide to the planning process for Scottish aquacultureDownload our .pdf guide
Did you know?…
Over 3,000 sq km of our seabed is now protected from bottom-towed gear
Over the last century, we have lost around 90% of the biggest predatory oceanic fish, such as tuna, swordfish and sharks
21.7 million tonnes of wild caught fish are not for people to eat; almost 75% of this is to feed farmed fish
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
Help protect 40% of English seas
Let the government know they must protect our ocean and marine wildlife before it’s too late.