2022 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. Rating updates from 2021 can be found here.

 

Species Name Origin Method Old GFG Rating New GFG Rating
Albacore Tuna                Atlantic Ocean - North    Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Troll GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Pelagic Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Atlantic Ocean - North (MSC)  Pole & Line GFG - 1 GFG - 1
Troll GFG - 1 GFG - 1
Atlantic Ocean - South  Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Indian Ocean Longline GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Pacific Ocean - North   Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Troll GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Pacific Ocean - North (MSC) Pole & Line GFG - NA GFG - 1
Pacific Ocean - South  Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Troll GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Pacific Ocean - South (MSC) Longline GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna       Atlantic Ocean - Northeast, Mediterranean & Black Sea    Fish Trap GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Handlines and Hand-Operated Pole & Lines GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Longline GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine GFG - 4 GFG - 4
United Kingdom - Cornwall   Otter Trawl GFG - NA GFG - 4
Gillnet GFG - NA GFG - 5
Purse Seine GFG - NA GFG - 4
Atlantic Cod          Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador (FIP)   Handline GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Longline GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Gillnet GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Celtic Sea - South, English Channel - West   Beam Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Demersal Seine GFG - 5 GFG - 5
United Kingdom - Cornwall    Beam Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Handline GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Ballan Wrasse United Kingdom - Cornwall Gillnet GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Black-Bellied Monkfish  North Sea, Rockall and West of Scotland, Kattegat and Skagerrak  Otter Trawl GFG - NA GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - NA GFG - 5
Blonde Ray   Northern North Sea and West of Scotland  Beam Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Southern North Sea and Eastern English Channel Beam Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Blue Marlin Atlantic Ocean Longline GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Blue Shark  Atlantic Ocean - North Wild-Caught GFG - 5 GFG - 5
United Kingdom - Cornwall Wild-Caught GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Blue Skate North Sea and Skagerrak, Celtic Sea and West of Scotland Wild-Caught GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Brown Crab       Isle of Man (0-12nm) Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 3
Northern Ireland Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 4
Scotland - Orkney Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 3 GFG - 4
Scotland - East Coast Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 5
Scotland - West Coast Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 4
Scotland - Shetland (MSC) Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 2 GFG - 2
United Kingdom (outside 6nm) Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 3 GFG - 4
Crawfish   United Kingdom - Cornwall   Diving GFG - 4 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 4 GFG - 5
Cuckoo Ray North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Dab  United Kingdom - Cornwall  Beam Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Devil Ray Mediterranean & Black Sea Wild-Caught GFG - 5 GFG - NA
Dover Sole    English Channel - East    Beam Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 2 GFG - 4
Demersal Seine GFG - 2 GFG - 4
Gillnet GFG - 2 GFG - 4
European Lobster       Isle of Man (0-12nm) Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 3
Northern Ireland Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 4
Scotland - Orkney Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 4
Scotland - East Coast Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 4 GFG - 5
Scotland - West Coast  Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 5
Scotland - Shetland Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 4
United Kingdom (outside 6nm) Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - NA GFG - 4
Flapper Skate North Sea and Skagerrak, Celtic Sea and West of Scotland Wild-Caught GFG - NA GFG - 5
Giant River Prawn Bangladesh Extensive Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Gilthead Bream  United Kingdom - Cornwall  Handline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Gillnet GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Guitarfish Mediterranean and Black Sea Wild-Caught GFG - 5 GFG - NA
Haddock     Celtic Sea - South, English Channel - West  Beam Trawl GFG - NA GFG - 3
Otter Trawl GFG - NA GFG - 3
United Kingdom - Cornwall   Beam Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 3
Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 3
Gillnet GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Herring       North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, English Channel - East (MSC) Pelagic Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 2
North Sea and Eastern English Channel   Drift Net GFG - 3 GFG - 2
Pelagic Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 2
Purse Seine GFG - 3 GFG - 2
Skagerrak and Kattegat  Purse Seine GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Pelagic Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
United Kingdom - Cornwall Handline GFG - NA GFG - 5
Japanese Flying Squid  Japan (FIP) Pelagic Trawl UNDER REVIEW GFG - 5 Improver
Japan  Jig GFG - NA GFG - 4
King Prawn                India  Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Vietnam  Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Indonesia   Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
United Kingdom - England RAS - Recirculating  GFG - 1 GFG - 1
Worldwide (ASC) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (BAP 2-star) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (BAP 3-star) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (BAP 4-star) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (GLOBALG.A.P.) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Ecuador (Organic) Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Ecuador Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Honduras (Organic) Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Honduras Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
King Scallop   Irish Sea (FIP) Dredge GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Isle of Man (0-3nm) (FIP) Dredge GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Isle of Man (3-12nm) (FIP) Dredge GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Lesser Spotted Dogfish     North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel  Beam Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
United Kingdom - Cornwall   Beam Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Gillnet GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Longnosed Skate   Atlantic Ocean - Northeast   Beam Trawl GFG - NA GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - NA GFG - 5
Mackerel          Atlantic Ocean - Northeast (& adjacent waters)  Purse Seine GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Pelagic Trawl GFG - 2 GFG - 2
United Kingdom - Southwest Handline GFG - 1 GFG - 1
European Union & Norway (MSC)  Pelagic Trawl GFG - 2 GFG - NA
Purse Seine GFG - 2 GFG - NA
Iceland  Purse Seine GFG - 2 GFG - NA
Pelagic Trawl GFG - 2 GFG - NA
United Kingdom - Cornwall (IFCA District 0-6nm)  Gillnet GFG - 2 GFG - 3
Purse Seine GFG - 2 GFG - 2
United Kingdom - Cornwall Handline GFG - 1 GFG - 1
Northern Prawn  North Sea (Norwegian Deep), Skagerrak and Kattegat Otter Trawl GFG - 2 GFG - 2
North Sea (Norwegian Deep), Skagerrak and Kattegat (MSC) Otter Trawl GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Norwegian Skate North Sea, Eastern English Channel, Skagerrak and Kattegat Wild-Caught GFG - 5 GFG - NA
Nursehound    English Channel and Celtic Seas   Beam Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
United Kingdom - Cornwall Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Pacific Bluefin Tuna     Pacific Ocean     Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Longline GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Troll GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Pacific Oyster United Kingdom - Cornwall Hand-Gathered GFG - 2 GFG - 1
Queen Scallop   Irish Sea  Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Dredge GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Isle of Man (0-12nm) Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 4
Red Gurnard    Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
United Kingdom - Cornwall   Beam Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Gillnet GFG - 3 GFG - 4
Sardine  Celtic Sea (South) and English Channel Purse Seine GFG - 3 GFG - 2
United Kingdom - Cornwall (MSC) Purse Seine GFG - 3 GFG - 2
Sawfish Worldwide Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - NA
Scampi / Langoustine                   Aran, Galway Bay and Slyne Head Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Celtic Sea (The Smalls) (FIP) Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5 Improver
Farn Deeps (FIP) Otter Trawl GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 4
Firth of Clyde and Sound of Jura (FIP)  Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Firth of Forth (FIP) Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Fladen Ground (FIP) Otter Trawl GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Southwest of Ireland and Southeast Coast Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Irish Sea - West (FIP) Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Labadie, Jones and Cockburn Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 3
Moray Firth (FIP) Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
North Minch (FIP)  Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Porcupine Bank Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Skagerrak and Kattegat  Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 2 GFG - 2
South Minch (FIP)  Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Irish Sea - East (FIP) Otter Trawl GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Skipjack Tuna                       Atlantic Ocean - West   Pole & Line GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Atlantic Ocean - East    Pole & Line GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Troll GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Maldives (MSC) Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Indian Ocean    Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pacific Ocean - Western Central (MSC)   Pole & Line GFG - NA GFG - 1
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - NA GFG - 2
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - NA GFG - 2
Pacific Ocean - Western Central    Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pacific Ocean - East    Pole & Line GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Troll GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Slipper Limpet United Kingdom - Cornwall Sail and Oar GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Smoothhound   Atlantic Ocean - Northeast  Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
United Kingdom - Cornwall Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Southern Bluefin Tuna    Southern Ocean    Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Longline GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Pole & Line GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Spider Crab  United Kingdom - Cornwall (IFCA District 0-6nm)  Gillnet GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Spotted Ray  North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel  Beam Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 5
Starry Ray  Norwegian Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, North Sea  Beam Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Swordfish             Atlantic Ocean - North (MSC) Longline GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Atlantic Ocean - North Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Atlantic Ocean - South Longline GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Mediterranean and Black Sea Longline GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Indian Ocean Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pacific Ocean - Western Central Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pacific Ocean - Northeast Longline GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Pacific Ocean - Southwest (MSC) Longline GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Pacific Ocean - Southwest  Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Pacific Ocean - Southeast   Harpoon GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Longline GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Thornback Ray   North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat, Eastern English Channel   Beam Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Gillnet GFG - NA GFG - 4
Tiger Prawn                  Bangladesh Extensive Pond GFG - 4 GFG - 4
India  Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Improved Extensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Vietnam  Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Improved Extensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Indonesia  Semi-Intensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Improved Extensive Pond GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Indonesia - Borneo Extensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Indonesia - Kalimantan Extensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Worldwide (ASC) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (BAP 2-star) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (BAP 3-star) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (BAP 4-star) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Worldwide (GLOBALG.A.P.) Freshwater Pond GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Madagascar (Organic) Extensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Madagascar (Naturland) Extensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Vietnam (Organic) Extensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Vietnam (Naturland) Extensive Pond GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Tusk Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Velvet Swimming Crab United Kingdom - Cornwall Pot/Trap/Creel GFG - 3 GFG - 3
White Monkfish  North Sea, Rockall and West of Scotland, Kattegat and Skagerrak  Otter Trawl GFG - 4 GFG - 5
Gillnet GFG - 4 GFG - 5
White Skate Atlantic Ocean - Northeast Wild-Caught GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Whiting      Celtic Sea (South), English Channel (West)  Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Demersal Seine GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Rockall Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
United Kingdom - Cornwall   Beam Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Otter Trawl GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Handline GFG - 5 GFG - NA
Wreckfish United Kingdom - Cornwall Handline GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Yellowfin Tuna                              Atlantic Ocean      Handline GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Troll GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Indian Ocean       Handline GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Longline GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Pole & Line GFG - 4 GFG - 5
Troll GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Indian Ocean (FIP)   Longline GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 5 Improver GFG - 5 Improver
Pacific Ocean - Western Central (MSC)     Longline GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Pole & Line GFG - NA GFG - 1
Handline GFG - NA GFG - 1
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - NA GFG - 2
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - NA GFG - 2
Pacific Ocean - Western Central     Longline GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pole & Line GFG - 2 GFG - 2
Gillnet GFG - 5 GFG - 5
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Pacific Ocean - East    Longline GFG - 4 GFG - 4
Purse Seine (Floating Object) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Unassociated) GFG - 3 GFG - 3
Purse Seine (Dolphin Set) GFG - 3 GFG - 3