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Bass, seabass (Caught at sea)

Dicentrarchus labrax

Seabass are thick-set fish with silvery-scales and a rapid swimming predator, prized by anglers and chefs alike. Can be roasted, grilled, baked or barbecued, also be steamed or poached. Good with ros... read more

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Bream, Gilthead

Sparus auratus

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Clam, Razor, clams

Ensis spp.

Clams are versatile shellfish which you should only eat if they are from farmed sources (e.g. Manila or American hardshell clams) or harvested from the wild (e.g. carpet or razor clams) using sustaina... read more

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Cod, Atlantic Cod

Gadus morhua

The most popular cuts are steaks and fillets which can be poached, grilled or baked. It's easy and quick to cook and is traditionally served with parsley sauce and lemon wedges and of course, chips. C... read more

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Crawfish

Palinurus elephas

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Devil fish, Giant Devilray

Mobula mobular

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able ... read more

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Eel, Conger

Conger conger

Conger eels are very susceptible to fishing pressure. Avoid eating.... read more

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Eel, European (Caught at sea)

Anguilla anguilla

European eel life history is complex. Eels are catadromous, meaning that they spawn in the sea and return to freshwater rivers and streams to grow. The European eel breeds in the mid-Atlantic in the s... read more

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Eel, European (Farmed)

Anguilla anguilla

European eel life history is complex. Eels are catadromous, meaning that they spawn in the sea and return to freshwater rivers and streams to grow. The European eel breeds in the mid-Atlantic in the s... read more

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Grouper

Epinephelus spp.

Groupers belong to a large group of fish known as Serranidae. They are an 'exotic' species, imported into the UK from countries including the Canary Islands, Seychelles, USA, the Middle and Far East a... read more

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Guitarfish

Rhinobatos rhinobatos

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able ... read more

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Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Haddock is a cold-temperate (boreal) species. It is a migratory fish, found in inshore shallow waters in summer and in deep water in winter. Smaller than cod, it can attain a length of 70-100 cm and c... read more

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Halibut, Atlantic (Caught at sea)

Hippoglossus hippoglossus

Halibut is mild, sweet tasting and really versatile - think about baking, poaching, frying, grilling or sauteing . But don't leave it hanging around, it'll dry out very quickly as it doesn't contain v... read more

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Herring or sild

Clupea harengus

You can pickle Herring as rollmops, smoke or cook them fresh. They are high in omega 3 which makes them really nutritious. Herring belongs to the same family of fish as sprat and pilchard and young he... read more

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Ling

Molva molva

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Lobster, American

Homarus americanus

The very large claws of unequal size, along with the abdomen, are full of tasty white meat. Can be bought fresh or frozen. There are many popular lobster recipes including Thermidor and Bisque or of c... read more

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Lobster, Norway, Langoustine, Dublin Bay prawn or scampi

Nephrops norvegicus

Norway Lobster (also known as langoustine or scampi) live in burrows on the seabed. They are limited to a muddy habitat and require sediment with a silt and clay content to excavate burrows. Their dis... read more

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Marlin, blue

Makaira nigricans

Blue marlin are highly migratory and are found throughout tropical and temperate waters worldwide. Migrations include trans-Atlantic as well as trans-equatorial movements. They are usually solitary, l... read more

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Mullet, Grey, Thicklip

Chelon labrosus

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Oyster, Native, oysters (Caught at sea)

Ostrea edulis

The native or flat oyster is a filter feeding, bivalve mollusc. They live on the seabed in relatively shallow coastal waters and estuaries (from the lower shore to 80 m). They prefer habitats sheltere... read more

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Parrotfish, Uhu

Scarus spp.

Parrotfish (also known as Uhu) get their name from their bright colours, and a distinctive beak-like structure formed from fused teeth. They strictly belong to the family Sacridae, but are now regarde... read more

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Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Another chip shop favourite. It's a right-eyed, oval-shaped flatfish with characteristic reddy orange spots and a pearly white underside. Its orange spots are an indication of freshness; brighter spot... read more

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Pollock, Alaska, Walleye

Theragra chalcogramma

If you like cod or haddock, you'll like Alaska pollock. It's a white fish, mild in flavour and low in fat. Makes great fishcakes, is best steamed and is the fish used in McDonald's 'Filet-O-Fish'! A m... read more

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Prawn, King (whiteleg), prawns

Litopenaeus vannamei

Prawns are usually sold peeled, cooked and frozen or whole. Pop them in a curry or sling them on a salad. Their tails are used in traditional prawn cocktails - cocked over the side of the glass. The t... read more

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Prawn, Northern, prawns

Pandalus borealis

Pandalus borealis, the northern prawn, or cold-water prawn (also known as pink or deepwater shrimp in North America), are crustaceans belonging to the family Pandalidae. The species has a wide distrib... read more

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Prawn, Tiger, prawns

Panaeus monodon

Prawns are usually sold peeled, cooked and frozen or whole. Pop them in a curry or sling them on a salad. Their tails are used in traditional prawn cocktails - cocked over the side of the glass. The t... read more

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Ray, blonde

Raja brachyura

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Ray, cuckoo

Leucoraja naevus

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Ray, sandy

Leucoraja circularis

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Ray, shagreen

Leucoraja fullonica

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Ray, smalleyed

Raja microocellata

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Ray, starry

Amblyraja radiata

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Ray, undulate

Raja undulata

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Salmon, Atlantic (Caught at sea)

Salmo salar

The Atlantic salmon is one of 4 species of salmonids indigenous to European waters. Salmon move between fresh and seawater during their lifecycle. This is referred to as being "anadromous". They spend... read more

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Sawfish

Pristis pristis, P.pectinata, P.perotteti

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able ... read more

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Scallop, King, scallops

Pecten maximus

Pan fried with a bit of lemon is often how scallops are served -the part we generally eat is the white adductor muscle which it uses to open and close it's shell and the orange (female) and creamy (ma... read more

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Scallop, Queen, scallops

Aequipecten opercularis

Pan fried with a bit of lemon is often how scallops are served -the part we generally eat is the white adductor muscle which it uses to open and close it's shell and the orange (female) and creamy (ma... read more

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Shark, Angel

Squatina squatina

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000 m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able... read more

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Shark, Blue

Prionace glauca

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Shark, porbeagle

Lamna nasus

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000 m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able... read more

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Shark, tope

Galeorhinus galeus

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000 m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able... read more

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Skate, common

Dipturus batis

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Skate, longnosed

Dipturus oxyrinchus

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Skate, Norwegian or Black

Dipturus nidarosiensis

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Skate, white

Rostroraja alba

Skate and ray species are all generally sold as 'skate', but all true Skate should be completely avoided. Whole ray are available as fresh or frozen wings and knobs (cheeks).The term 'Skates and Rays'... read more

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Sole, Dover sole, Common sole

Solea solea

This flatfish is eaten fresh, whole and cooked, usually grilled. It has delicate texture and is subtle in flavour and is very popular in France because of its taste. Species favoured by the French bec... read more

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Spurdog, Spiny Dogfish, Dogfish, Rock Salmon or Flake

Squalus acanthias

Sharks and rays are found in all the worlds oceans, from the poles to the tropics to shallow water coral reefs to water over 3,000 m deep. The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is unusual as it is able... read more

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Squid, Common Chinese

Uroteuthis chinensis

Squid (often found on menus using the Italian word 'calamari') can be stuffed whole, cut into pieces or rings, which are often deep fried, pickled, as jerky called sakiika, salted or fermented (shioka... read more

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Sturgeon (Caught at sea)

Acipenser, Huso spp.

There are about 20 species of Sturgeon but some of them are critically endangered, such as the European Sturgeon. Avoid eating wild species.... read more

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Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

Swordfish is the only member of the family Xiphiidae. It is a highly migratory species, moving towards temperate or cold waters in summer to feed and returning to warmer waters to spawn. They are apex... read more

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Tuna, albacore

Thunnus alalunga

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Albacore are found throughout the world's temperate, sub-tropical a... read more

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Tuna, Atlantic bluefin (Caught at sea)

Thunnus thynnus

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Able to tolerate both warm and cool temperatures, bluefin tuna rang... read more

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Tuna, Atlantic bluefin (Farmed)

Thunnus thynnus

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Northern bluefin can grow to over 300 cm and reach more than 650 kg... read more

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Tuna, bigeye

Thunnus obesus

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Bigeye tuna is a tropical and subtropical species found from the su... read more

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Tuna, Pacific bluefin

Thunnus orientalis

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Bluefin tuna are the largest of the tuna species, reaching upwards... read more

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Tuna, skipjack

Euthynnus pelamis, Katsuwonus pelamis

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Skipjack tuna are found throughout the world's tropical and warm te... read more

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Tuna, southern bluefin (Caught at sea)

Thunnus maccoyii

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Southern bluefin are found in temperate and cold seas of the southe... read more

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Tuna, southern bluefin (Farmed)

Thunnus maccoyii

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Southern bluefin are considered to be mature at between 8 -11 years... read more

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Tuna, yellowfin

Thunnus albacares

Tuna belong to the family Scombridae. They are large, oceanic fish and are seasonally migratory, some making trans-oceanic journeys. Yellowfin are found throughout the world's tropical and subtropical... read more

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Whitebait

Various inc. spratus spratus

Whitebait are young fish. In Europe the term applies to various young fish from the herring family (Cludeidae), but in other parts of the world it is used for similar fish of other species.... read more

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Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

Whiting has a firm white flesh and is best used when very fresh. Sold whole and filleted, fresh or frozen. Also dried, salted and smoked. Whiting is a slender bodied, sandy, blue-green coloured fish w... read more

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Wolffish

Anarhichas lupus

The wolffish is one of three species found in northern European seas. They are sometimes referred to as "catfish" although true catfish are a freshwater fish. They are solitary animals, living in "lai... read more

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Wrasse, Ballan

Labrus bergylta

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