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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, Canadian Georges Bank

Atlantic cod caught from the Canadian waters around Georges Bank receive an "Avoid" recommendation, due to the stock being depleted and considered critically low.

Consumer Note

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

Summary

Atlantic cod populations in the waters off Canada are depleted and suffering 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.

Handline fisheries have less impact on bycatch species and therefore receive a "Good Alternative" recommendation, with the exception of Georges Bank Canadian fisheries where the stock is critically low and therefore it is recommended that consumers "Avoid" this source. All Canadian trawl fisheries catching cod receive an "Avoid" recommendation.


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