Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Haddock

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Haddock Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Scrod U.S. Gulf of Maine Wild
Haddock Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Scrod U.S. Georges Bank Wild
Haddock Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Scrod Iceland Atlantic Wild
Haddock Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Scrod Canadian Atlantic Bottom Trawl
Haddock Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Scrod Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild


Haddock, Wild, U.S. Georges Bank

Haddock caught from Georges Bank are considered a "Good Alternative" as the population has recovered and is now at a healthy level.

Consumer Note

The majority of haddock available on the U.S. market are imported from European sources.

Summary

Haddock from Georges Bank comes from a healthy stock that has recovered after being depleted by many years of overfishing. Management of these fisheries has improved in recent years and this has contributed to an improved recommendation for the Georges Bank stock. There are concerns over some of the other fish caught alongside haddock in this area, resulting in an overall recommendation of "Good Alternative."

Meanwhile, haddock in the Gulf of Maine is recovering but continues to experience high levels of fishing. There are also concerns with other species of fish caught alongside haddock, including Atlantic cod and various flatfish species particularly in the trawl fishery, as they are also depleted. There are also concerns over the capture of marine mammals in the gillnet fisheries in this region. As a result, haddock from the Gulf of Maine receive an "Avoid" recommendation.

Management of the fisheries in this region has improved over the last decade, and while recent changes should lead to greater recovery of the fish populations it is too early to tell how quickly this recovery will take place.


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