Atlantic cod Gadus morhua
Avoid eating because: with the exception of the Northeast Arctic, most cod stocks in the north-east Atlantic are overfished or at an unknown level. The most depleted stocks are in the Irish Sea, North Sea, and West of Scotland. In the Celtic Sea the situation is better but it is still listed by OSPAR as a threatened and declining species in this area. The north-east Arctic (Barents Sea) cod stock is healthy and is fished at a sustainable level, as are Icelandic waters. Part of the Norwegian longline fishery for cod in the north-east Arctic has been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and is available in the UK. Avoid eating cod from stocks which are depleted and where fishing is at unsustainable levels and choose line-caught cod wherever possible.
Good alternatives: MSC certified Pacific cod or Atlantic cod from the north-east Arctic. To reduce the impact on the marine environment choose line caught cod from fisheries where measures are taken to reduce the bycatch of non-target species and seabirds.Back To Top