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Lingcod 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. Blue, Buffalo, Green & White Cod, Bluefish U.S., Canada Wild

Lingcod, Wild, Canada & U.S.

The northern lingcod population has rebounded dramatically over the last few years after previous overfishing.

Consumer Note

Common market names include: blue cod, bluefish, buffalo cod, green cod and white cod.

Health Alert

Environmental Defense Fund has issued a health advisory for lingcod due to elevated levels of mercury.


Lingcod is unique to the West Coast of North America. The northern population of lingcod has rebounded dramatically over the last few years. Although the southern population has stabilized, it hasn't fully recovered.

Considered a groundfish, most lingcod is still caught using bottom trawling, a fishing method that results in considerable habitat damage. As a result, lingcod is a "Good Alternative" until measures are taken to minimize damage from trawling gear along the rocky habitats on the seafloor.

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