The Ratings

The assessments that underpin the rankings in Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide are based on a review of the latest research, publicly available data and information about individual species and fisheries. Undertaken by fisheries experts at AMCS, the assessments consider the impacts of seafood production on our oceans

We use a simple traffic light system to rate your seafood.

A Better Choice can be made by choosing green. Species in this group are not currently overfished. They are generally resilient to fishing pressure at current levels, have a history of stable catches and are caught or farmed using techniques that have a lower environmental impact. Some green-listed species may still have conservation concerns, but have been assessed to be a better seafood choice.

Eat Less of the species listed as amber. Wild-caught species in this group may be heavily targeted or caught using fishing methods that damage habitat or are associated with bycatch. There may be scientific uncertainty about the status of wild caught stocks and a level of fishing pressure that means we need to tread carefully. If farmed, the aquaculture method used has some environmental impacts.

Say No to all species listed in red. Wild-caught species in this group may be overfished, or their capture involves significant bycatch of threatened or protected species. Farmed species include those produced by methods that place significant stress on our coasts and oceans.