Fish & Tips
Your guide to choosing fish which are from a plentiful and well-managed supply
Here are our top ten!
We’ve investigated and rated the Uk’s top ten UK favourite seafoods, and combined the list with information from the Marine Conservation Society and the Marine Stewardship Council.
TIP: Instead of eating these old favourites, why not try something new like line caught seabream, dab, pollack or mahi mahi.
Over the last twenty years the fish stocks of
salmon in the Atlantic have halved, and
Atlantic farmed salmon is often subject to
TIP: Choose organically farmed salmon, or wild salmon from the Pacific (check those air miles).
Stocks in some areas are very low, bycatch is
a problem, as is capture of immature fish.
TIP: Try line caught from Icelandic sustainable fisheries (but they are still whaling!)
AVOID eating haddock from overfished stocks (North-East Artic, Faroes and Irish Sea).
Two species of prawns are popular in the Uk.:
native northern cold water prawns and tropical
TIP: Try finding trap caught native prawns. The tiger prawn fishery is very environmentally damaging.
The north sea is empty, there stocks in the mid
TIP: Choose handline-caught mackerel from southwest England certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Widely farmed and they eat alot of fishmeal (a
damaging fishery in itself). Native brown trout
are threatened by non-indigenous rainbow trout.
TIP: Buy organic where you can.
A long-lived species and subject to high fishing
TIP: Try line caught plaice, over 30cm in size.
Stocks in the North Sea are currently within
safe biological limits. Purse seines and pelagic
trawl fisheries can result in cetacean by-catch.
TIP: Choose a Marine Stewardship Council fishery (eg Black Water).
AVOID these fish because they are long lived and slow growing.
Is the most popular tinned fish in UK. Four
out of the six species are overfished. Avoid
scarcer species, such as bluefin in sushi.
TIP: Choose line caught that are ‘dolphin friendly’, but may catch seabirds.
Friends of the Earth surveyed the state of supermarket seafood in October 2005. Asda, Morrisons, Iceland and Tesco scored poorly, whilst M&S and Waitrose came top.
They will always know where their fish has come from.
Tips to keep in mind...
Consumer purchasing choices apply pressure to the policies of fisheries and fish sellers. Check out the tips for the top ten fish consumed in the UK
Other tips include:
Buy fish from someone you trust - ask
Support local sustainable fisheries
Try and eat line caught fish from small sustainable fisheries.
Support the establishment of marine reserves.
Photo of Shoal of Mackerel courtesy of Laszlo Muzlai