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Which Fish?

With fish stocks under pressure, which are okay to eat?

  1. noAnchovy
  2. yesArctic Char
  3. yesBarramundi (US/Europe/Australia)
  4. yesBarramundi (Closed Production)
  5. noBarramundi (Other)
  6. noBream (Gilthead Bream)
  7. noBream (Red Seabream)
  8. yesBream (Black Bream/Seabream)
  9. yesBrown Crab
  10. yesCatfish (US Farmed)
  11. noCatfish (Other)
  12. noCaviar (Beluga/Ossietra/Sevruga)
  13. noClam (Dredged)
  14. yesClam (Other)
  15. noCockle (Dredged)
  16. yesCockle (Hand Gathered)
  17. noCod
  18. yesColey/Saithe
  19. yesCrayfish (US)
  20. noCrayfish (Other)
  21. noDab
  22. noDogfish
    high mercury
  23. yesDungeness Crab
  24. noEel
  25. yesEuropean Perch
  26. yesFlounder
  27. noGrenadier/Hoki/Whiptail
  28. yesGurnard
  29. yesHaddock
  30. yesHalibut (Pacific)
    high mercury
  31. noHalibut (Other)
    high mercury
  32. yesHerring (Norway, Iceland, North Sea, US)
  33. noHerring (Other)
  34. noJohn Dory
  35. yesKing Crab (US)
  36. noKing Crab (Other)
  37. yesKing Prawn (Organic Farmed)
  38. noKing Prawn (Other)
  39. noLobster
    high mercury
  40. yesMackerel
  41. yesMahi-Mahi/Dolphinfish
  42. noMarlin
    high mercury
  43. noMonkfish
    high mercury
  44. yesMussels
  45. noOrange Roughy/Slimehead
    high mercury
  46. yesOysters
  47. yesPangasius (GlobalGAP Certified)
  48. noPangasius (Other)
  49. noPink Shrimp
  50. noPlaice
  51. yesPollock/Pollack
  52. yesPouting/Bib
  53. noRay
  54. noRazor Clam
  55. yesSalmon (Farmed)
  56. yesSalmon (Alaskan)
  57. noSalmon (Atlantic)
  58. yesSalmon (Other)
  59. noSardine (Mediterranean)
  60. yesSardine (Other)
  61. noSeabass (Farmed)
    high mercury
  62. noSeabass (Trawled)
    high mercury
  63. yesSeabass (Other Wild Caught)
    high mercury
  64. noShark
    high mercury
  65. noSkate
    high mercury
  66. noSnapper
    high mercury
  67. noSole (Common/Dover Sole)
  68. yesSole (Other)
  69. yesSpider Crab
  70. noSpiny Lobster (Nicaragua, Honduras, Brazil)
  71. yesSpiny Lobster (Other)
  72. yesSquid
  73. yesStone Crab
  74. yesStriped Bass
    high mercury
  75. noSturgeon
  76. yesSwordfish (Hawaii, California, Oregon)
    high mercury
  77. noSwordfish (Other)
    high mercury
  78. yesTiger Prawn (Organic or Zero Input Farmed)
  79. noTiger Prawn (Other)
  80. yesTilapia (Organic or Closed Production)
  81. noTilapia (Other)
  82. yesTrout (Rainbow Trout)
  83. noTrout (Other)
  84. noTuna (Longline and Purse Seine caught)
    high mercury
  85. noTuna (Albacore)
    high mercury
  86. noTuna (Yellowfin)
    high mercury
  87. yesTuna (Skipjack)
    high mercury
  88. noTuna (Bigeye)
    high mercury
  89. noTuna (Bluefin)
    high mercury
  90. yesTurbot (farmed)
  91. noTurbot (wild caught)
  92. yesWalleye (US)
    high mercury
  93. yesWhite Shrimp (Wild Caught)
  94. yesWhite Shrimp (Farmed in fully recirculating systems or inland ponds)
  95. noWhite Shrimp (Other Farmed)
  96. yesYellow Perch (US)
    high mercury
  97. yesZander

Sources:

  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium
  2. Marine Conservation Society
  3. Fish Watch
  4. Greenpeace
  5. IUCN Red List
  6. Eat the Seasons
  7. Wikipedia
  8. FDA Mercury Table

Information was compiled from four main sources: the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Marine Conservation Society, FishWatch, and the Greenpeace Red List. Individual entries have lists of sources, and I have aimed to reach a verdict solely based on the information contained in the sources. MCS ratings of 1-2 are considered "sustainable", and a rating of 3 is acceptable if other sources label the fish as sustainable. Information from these sources was supplemented by data directly from the IUCN red list. A IUCN rating of "least concern" was considered "sustainable".

Where there was serious contradiction, or the differences between sustainable and unsustainable sources of a fish was too involved, I have erred on the side of caution.

With some fish labeled unsustainable there will be exceptions where you can source them sustainably from specific places. To highlight these sources and mention updates, I've started a twitter stream at @which_fish.

Project and data collation by David Stark
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Raw data in JSON and as a spreadsheet. Feel free to use.

Disclaimer: sustainability data is simplified for ease of use, and may contain inaccuracies.
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