2020 Good Fish Guide Updates

UK-based Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide uses scientific information from reputable and peer-reviewed sources to generate ratings for over 140 different species. Wild capture ratings are reviewed annually and farmed ratings are reviewed every three years, and updated ratings are released on a biannual basis. See below for the latest changes made in 2020, and for a complete list of species updated (year to date) .
 

 

Winter 2020 Updates

Species Origin Method Old GFG Rating New GFG Rating
Abalone, Japanese  France (Organic) Open Water Crate
Ireland RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
Anglerfish  North Sea, West of Scotland and Rockall, Kattegat, Skagerrak  Demersal Otter Trawl
Gill or Fixed Net
Bream, Black   United Kingdom - Cornwall - Inshore 0-6nm (MSC) Gill or Fixed Net
United Kingdom - Cornwall - Inshore 0-6nm Rod & Line
United Kingdom - Cornwall Demersal Otter Trawl
Bream, Gilt Headed           European Union (ASC) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (ASC) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union (BAP 3/4-star) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (BAP 3/4-star) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union (Global GAP) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (Global GAP) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union (Organic) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (Organic) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey Open Marine Net Pens
France RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
Clams, Manila United Kingdom Bottom Culture
Clams, Razor        England - North West IFCA district only   Dredge
Electrical Fishing
Hand-gathering
Scotland   Dredge
Electrical Fishing
Hand-gathering
Wales Hand-gathering
United Kingdom - Cornwall Diver-Caught
Cod, Atlantic       Faroe Plateau   Demersal Otter Trawl
Jig
Longline
Rockall Demersal Otter Trawl
West of Scotland Demersal Otter Trawl
Faroe Bank Jig
Faroe Grounds (MSC)
Demersal Otter Trawl
Crab, Brown    Irish Sea
Pot/Creel
Scotland - Orkney
Pot/Creel
Scotland - Shetland (MSC)
Pot/Creel
Southern North Sea
Pot/Creel
Cuttlefish             English Channel - Outside 6nm  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
France - English Channel  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
English Channel - Inshore 0-6nm Traps
English Channel - Cornwall - Offshore  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
English Channel - Cornwall - Inshore 0-6nm   Demersal Otter Trawl
Traps
Dab North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat   Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Seine Net
Dogfish, Lesser Spotted  North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat, Eastern English Channel, West of Scotland, Irish Sea, Southern Celtic Seas  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Eel, Conger  Worldwide Wild-caught
United Kingdom - Cornwall Wild-caught
Eel, European  Worldwide Wild-caught
Europe RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
Gurnard, Grey North Sea, Eastern English Channel, Skagerrak, Kattegat Demersal Otter Trawl
Gurnard, Red    Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Demersal Otter Trawl
United Kingdom - Cornwall   Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Gill or Fixed Net
Haddock    Faroe Grounds Longline
Rockall (MSC) Demersal Otter Trawl
Rockall  Demersal Otter Trawl
Longline
Hake, Cape  South Africa (MSC) Demersal Otter Trawl
South Africa Longline  Under Review
Halibut, Greenland       Iceland, Faroe Islands, West of Scotland, North of Azores, East of Greenland
  
Demersal Otter Trawl
Gillnet
Longline
Northeast Arctic - Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea   Demersal Otter Trawl
Gill or Fixed Net
Longline
West Greenland Longline
Halibut, Pacific   Canada - British Columbia - Pacific Ocean (MSC) Longline
USA - Alaska, Washington, Oregon (MSC)  Hook and Line
Longline
Herring, Atlantic   Iceland Pelagic Trawl
Norwegian (Spring-Spawning) (MSC)  Pelagic Trawl
Purse Seine
Lobster, Norway               Celtic Sea and West of Scotland - Celtic Sea - the Smalls Demersal Otter Trawl
Celtic Sea and West of Scotland - Ireland SW and SE Coast Demersal Otter Trawl
Celtic Sea and West of Scotland - Irish Sea East (FIP)
Demersal Otter Trawl
Celtic Sea and West of Scotland - Irish Sea West (FIP) Demersal Otter Trawl
Celtic Sea and West of Scotland - Labadie, Jones, and Cockburn
Demersal Otter Trawl
Celtic Sea and West of Scotland - Porcupine Bank Demersal Otter Trawl
North Sea - Farn Deeps (FIP) Demersal Otter Trawl
North Sea - Firth of Forth (FIP)
Demersal Otter Trawl
North Sea - Fladen Ground (FIP)
Demersal Otter Trawl
West Scotland - Firth of Clyde and Sound of Jura (FIP)  Demersal Otter Trawl
Pot/Creel
West Scotland - North Minch (FIP)  Demersal Otter Trawl
Pot/Creel
West Scotland - South Minch (FIP)  Demersal Otter Trawl
Pot/Creel
Marlin, Blue Atlantic Ocean Longline
Meagre        European Union (ASC) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (ASC) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union (BAP 3/4-star)
Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (BAP 3/4-star) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union (Global GAP) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (Global GAP) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey Open Marine Net Pens
Megrim     Celtic Sea, West of Ireland, Bay of Biscay
 
Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Rockall Demersal Otter Trawl
United Kingdom - Cornwall  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Monkfish  North Sea, West of Scotland and Rockall, Kattegat, Skagerrak  Demersal Otter Trawl
Gill or Fixed Net
Mullet, Red    North Sea, Eastern English Channel, Skagerrak, Kattegat - Northern Area   Danish Seine
Demersal Otter Trawl
Gill or Fixed Net
West of Scotland, Bay of Biscay, Southern Celtic Sea, Atlantic Iberian Waters - Western Area Demersal Otter Trawl
Mullet, Thicklip Grey   United Kingdom - English Channel, North Sea Gill or Fixed Net
United Kingdom - Cornwall
 
Beach Seine
Gill or Fixed Net
Mussels, Blue    Chile (ASC/MSC/Uncertified)  Suspended Rope Culture
Bottom Culture
United Kingdom (ASC/MSC/Uncertified)  Suspended Rope Culture
Bottom Culture
Ormer, Green  France (Organic) Open Water Crate
Ireland RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
Oysters, Native  United Kingdom
 
Suspension
Bottom Culture
Oysters, Pacific  United Kingdom  Suspension
Bottom Culture
Parrotfish, Blue-Barred Worldwide Wild-caught
Parrotfish, Ember
Worldwide
Wild-caught
Prawn, Brown Tiger  Indian Ocean - East Demersal Otter Trawl  Under Review
Indian Ocean - West
Demersal Otter Trawl
 Under Review
Prawn, Giant Tiger  Indian Ocean - East Demersal Otter Trawl   Under Review
Indian Ocean - West Demersal Otter Trawl   Under Review
Prawn, Green Tiger  Indian Ocean - East Demersal Otter Trawl   Under Review
Indian Ocean - West Demersal Otter Trawl   Under Review
Ray, Blonde   Northern North Sea and West of Scotland  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Southern North Sea and Eastern English Channel Beam Trawl
Ray, Cuckoo North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat Demersal Otter Trawl
Ray, Small-Eyed
United Kingdom - Cornwall
Wild-caught
Ray, Spotted   North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat, Eastern English Channel Beam Trawl
United Kingdom - Cornwall  Demersal Otter Trawl
Wild-caught
Ray, Starry  Norwegian Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat, North Sea  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Ray, Thornback  North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat, Eastern English Channel  Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Saithe  Faroe Grounds (MSC) Demersal Otter Trawl
Faroe Grounds Pelagic Trawl
Salmon, Chinook       Alaska - Central (MSC)
Wild-caught
Alaska - Southeast (MSC) Wild-caught
Alaska - Westward (MSC) Wild-caught
USA - Alaska, California, Pacific Northwest (Arctic, Yukon, Kuskokwim) (MSC) Wild-caught
Canada - British Columbia (Arctic, Yukon, Kuskokwim) (MSC) Wild-caught
Japan (Arctic, Yukon, Kuskokwim) (MSC) Wild-caught
Russia (Arctic, Yukon, Kuskokwim) (MSC) Wild-caught
Salmon, Chum   USA - Alaska (MSC)   Gillnet
Beach Seine
Purse Seine
Salmon, Coho Alaska - North Pacific (MSC) Wild-caught
Salmon, Pink    USA - Alaska (MSC)   Gillnet
Beach Seine
Purse Seine
Kuril Islands - South (MSC) Traps
Salmon, Sockeye   USA - Alaska (MSC)   Gillnet
Beach Seine
Purse Seine
Sardine, European    Bay of Biscay Purse Seine
Cantabrian Sea and Atlantic Iberian Waters Purse Seine
Southern Celtic Seas and English Channel Purse Seine
United Kingdom - Cornwall (MSC) Ring Net
Scallops, King              English Channel - East - Inshore North 0-6nm (FIP) Dredge
English Channel - East Offshore North (FIP) Dredge
English Channel - West - Lyme Bay (FIP) Dredge
Irish Sea - Isle of Man - Non-territorial waters outside 12nm (FIP) Dredge  
Irish Sea - Isle of Man - Territorial waters 0-3nm (FIP)
Dredge
Irish Sea - Isle of Man - Territorial Waters 3-12nm (FIP) Dredge
Irish Sea - Northern Ireland (FIP) Dredge
Irish Sea - Wales - Cardigan Bay (FIP)
Dredge
United Kingdom - Cornwall - Inshore 0-6nm  Diver-Caught
Dredge
United Kingdom - Cornwall - Inshore beyond 6nm Dredge
United Kingdom - Bristol Channel - Inshore
Dredge
Eastern Channel - Outside 6nm (FIP) Dredge
English Channel (West) -Cornwall - Inshore 0-6nm (FIP) Dredge
Scallops, Queen    Irish Sea - Isle of Man - Non-territorial waters outside 12nm  Demersal Otter Trawl
Dredge
Irish Sea - Isle of Man - Territorial waters 0-12nm Demersal Otter Trawl
Irish Sea - Wales Dredge
Sea Bass, European         European Union (ASC) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (ASC)
Open Marine Net Pens
European Union (BAP 3/4-star) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (BAP 3/4-star) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union (Global GAP) Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey (Global GAP) Open Marine Net Pens
European Union Open Marine Net Pens
Turkey
Open Marine Net Pens
France RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
Shell, Arched Razor        England - North West IFCA district only   Dredge
Electrical Fishing
Hand-gathering
Scotland   Dredge
Electrical Fishing
Hand-gathering
Wales Hand-gathering
United Kingdom - Cornwall Diver-Caught
Shrimp, Whiteleg United Kingdom RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
Sole, Lemon    North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat, Eastern English Channel    Beam Trawl
Demersal Otter Trawl
Gill or Fixed Net
Seine Net
Sprat, Whitebait West of Scotland, Southern Celtic Seas Pelagic Trawl
Spurdog United Kingdom - Cornwall Wild-caught
Swordfish              Atlantic Ocean - North Longline
Atlantic Ocean - North (MSC) - All Canadian and US certified fleets Longline
Atlantic Ocean - South Longline
Indian Ocean Longline
Mediterranean Longline
Pacific Ocean - North (West & Central) Longline
Pacific Ocean - Southeast   Gill or Fixed Net
Harpoon
Longline
Pacific Ocean - Southwest  Gill or Fixed Net
Longline
Pacific Ocean - Southwest - Australian-certified fleets (MSC) Longline
Pacific Ocean - Northeast  Harpoon
Longline
Tuna, Albacore              Atlantic Ocean - North    Longline
Pelagic Trawl
Pole and Line
Troll
Atlantic Ocean - South   Longline
Pole and Line
Troll
Indian Ocean Longline
Pacific Ocean - North   Longline
Pole and Line
Troll
Pacific Ocean - South  Longline
Troll
American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, High Seas, New Zealand - Certified fleets (MSC) Longline
Tuna, Pacific Bluefin Pacific Ocean Wild-caught
Tuna, Skipjack                     Atlantic Ocean - East    Pole and Line
Troll
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Atlantic Ocean - West   Pole and LIne
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Indian Ocean    Pole and Line
Gill or Fixed Net
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
The Republic of Maldives - Certified fleets (MSC) Pole and Line
Pacific Ocean - East         Pole and Line
Troll
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Pacific Ocean - West Central Gill or Fixed Net
Pole and Line
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Tuna, Southern Bluefin Worldwide - Southern Ocean Wild-caught
Tuna, Yellowfin                         Atlantic Ocean    Longline
Pole and Line
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Indian Ocean       Gill or Fixed Net
Handline
Longline
Pole and Line
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Troll
Indian Ocean - Comoros, France and overseas territories, Italy (flag), Kenya, Mayotte, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Spain (flag), United Republic of Tanzania (FIP)  Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Indian Ocean - Sri Lanka (FIP) Longline
Pacific Ocean - East
   
Longline
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Purse Seine - Dolphin Set
Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam  Pole and Line
Handline
Pacific Ocean - West Central    Gill or Fixed Net
Longline
Purse Seine - Floating Object
Purse Seine - Unassociated
Pacific Ocean - West Central - Certified fleets (MSC) Longline
Whiting  Rockall Demersal Otter Trawl
West of Scotland
Demersal Otter Trawl
Wolffish  Iceland (MSC)  Danish Seine
Dermesal Otter Trawl
Longline

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Species Updates (Year to Date)


Abalone

  • Abalone Japanese
  • Ormer, Green

Bass, Croaker

  • Bass, European Sea

Billfish - Swordfish

  • Dogfish, Lesser Spotted
  • Marlin, Blue
  • Spurdog
  • Swordfish

Bream, Porgy

  • Bream, Black
  • Bream, Gilt Headed

Clams

  • Clam, Manila
  • Clam, Razor
  • Shell, Arched Razor

Cod - Haddock

  • Cod, Atlantic
  • Haddock

Crab

  • Crab, Brown

Cuttlefish

  • Cuttlefish

Eel

  • Eel, Conger
  • Eel, European

Flounder - Sole

  • Dab
  • Megrim
  • Sole, Lemon

Hake - Hoki - Whiting

  • Hake, Cape
  • Whiting

Halibut

  • Halibut, Greenland
  • Halibut, Pacific

Herring - Sardines - Smelt

  • Herring, Atlantic
  • Sardine, European
  • Sprat, Whitebait

Lobster

  • Lobster, Norway

Mullet

  • Mullet, Red
  • Mellet, Thicklip Gray

Mussels

  • Mussels, Blue

Oysters

  • Oyster, Native
  • Oyster, Pacific

Pollock

  • Saithe

Rays - Skates

  • Ray, Blonde
  • Ray, Cuckoo
  • Ray, Small-Eyed
  • Ray, Spotted
  • Ray, Starry
  • Ray, Thornback

Salmon

  • Salmon, Atlantic
  • Salmon, Chinook
  • Salmon, Coho

Salmon

  • Salmon, Chinook
  • Salmon, Chum
  • Salmon, Coho
  • Salmon, Pink
  • Salmon, Sockeye

Shrimp - Prawns

  • Prawn, Giant Freshwater
  • Prawn, Giant Tiger
  • Shrimp, Northern
  • Shrimp, Whiteleg

Scallops

  • Scallop, King
  • Scallop, Queen

Shrimp - Prawns

  • Prawn, Brown Tiger
  • Prawn, Giant Tiger
  • Prawn, Green Tiger
  • Shrimp, Whiteleg

Tilapia spp.

  • Tilapia

Tuna

  • Tuna, Albacore
  • Tuna, Pacific Bluefin
  • Tuna, Skipjack
  • Tuna, Southern Bluefin
  • Tuna, Yellowfin

Other

  • Anglerfish
  • Gurnard, Grey
  • Gurnard, Red
  • Meagre
  • Monkfish
  • Parrotfish, Blue-Barred
  • Parrotfish, Ember
  • Wolffish