Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Cod, Pacific

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Cod 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. Cod Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Cod, Atlantic Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Scrod, Whitefish Iceland, Northeast Arctic (by Norway, Russia) Handline
Cod, Atlantic 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, Whitefish Iceland, Northeast Arctic (by Norway, Russia) Bottom Gillnet, Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Danish Seine
Cod, Atlantic 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, Whitefish Canadian Atlantic Bottom Trawl
Cod, Atlantic 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, Whitefish U.S. Georges Bank Handline
Cod, Atlantic 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, Whitefish U.S. Georges Bank Gillnet, Longline and Trawl
Cod, Atlantic 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, Whitefish U.S. Gulf of Maine Wild
Cod, Atlantic 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, Whitefish Canadian Georges Bank Wild
Cod, Atlantic 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, Whitefish Canada (excluding Georges Bank) Handline
Cod, Pacific 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. Alaska, Gray & True Cod U.S. Trawl
Cod, Pacific Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Alaska, Gray & True Cod U.S. Bottom Longline, Handline, Trap
Cod, Pacific Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Alaska, Gray & True Cod Russian and Japanese Pacific Wild
Whiting 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. Cod Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild


Pacific Cod, Wild, U.S.

Pacific cod is a "Best Choice" when caught in the U.S. Pacific Ocean by bottom longline, trap or handline.

A portion of this fishery is certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Consumer Note

Market names for Pacific cod include Alaska cod, grey cod, true cod, Japanese cod, madara, tara and codfish.

Summary

Fishermen catch most Pacific cod with bottom longlines and trawl gear. Bottom longlines do accidentally catch seabirds but this bycatch has been reduced through effective management measures. Bottom longline, trap and handline caught Pacific cod are a "Best Choice."

Bottom trawling can damage the seafloor, destroying fish habitats. As a result trawl-caught Pacific cod is a "Good Alternative" rather than a "Best Choice" even though the population is considered healthy and abundant.

There is conflicting evidence regarding the role of the Pacific cod fishery in the decline of the endangered Steller sea lion and the northern fur seal. Measures to address this issue have been implemented, lessening the concern.


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