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Cod, Atlantic

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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


Atlantic Cod, Wild, U.S. Georges Bank

Atlantic cod caught from Georges Bank using trawls, gillnets and longlines receive an "Avoid" recommendation. Atlantic cod, and many of the fish they are caught with, are overfished and have yet to recover.

Consumer Note

Most of the Atlantic cod sold in the U.S. market are imported from European sources, particularly those around the arctic where Atlantic cod populations are much healthier.

Summary

Atlantic cod populations in the waters off New England are depleted and suffer from high fishing levels. Other fish species caught alongside cod in the mixed groundfish fishery, including haddock and various species of flatfish, are also depleted and/or experiencing high fishing pressure. There are also concerns over the capture of marine mammals in the gillnet fisheries in this region. For these reasons, most of the Atlantic cod from this region is considered an "Avoid," however because the handline fishery on Georges Bank is selective and does not catch any other depleted stocks it receives a "Good Alternative" 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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