2020 Ocean Wise Updates

 

Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise seafood recommendations are generated from assessments using the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program methodology. Recommendation updates are released once a month. See below for the latest changes, and a list of species updated (year to date).

 


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October 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Oysters (Crassostrea spp., Ostrea spp., Saccostrea spp.) Worldwide On-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Off-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
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September 2020 

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Dolphinfish Costa Rica Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Peru Drifting Longlines OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Eel, American Worldwide Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment) OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment) OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Eel, European Worldwide Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment) OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment) OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Eel, Japanese Worldwide Indoor recirculating tank (with wastewater treatment) OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Indoor recirculating tank (without wastewater treatment) OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Prawn, Giant Tiger Southeast Asia (Selva Shrimp) Silvoculture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Skate, Little USA - Atlantic (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended
Gillnet OW - Recommended
Longline OW - Recommended

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August 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Conch, Queen Bahamas Diving OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Belize Hand Implements OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Honduras Diving OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Nicaragua Diving OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Turks and Caicos Hand Implements OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Puerto Rico Diving OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
USA - Virgin Islands Diving OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Mussels Worldwide Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Off-Bottom Culture OW - Recommended OW - Recommended

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July 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Bream, Gilt Head   Egypt - African Inland Waters Ponds OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
European Union Marine Net Pen OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Turkey Marine Net Pen OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Char, Arctic  Canada - Nunavut (Cambridge Bay)  Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc. OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Set Gillnet OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Cockle, New Zealand New Zealand - Whangarei Harbour Hand Implements OW - Recommended
Herring, Atlantic        Denmark (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Estonia (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Germany (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Sweden (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Denmark (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Estonia (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Germany (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Sweden (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Meagre Egypt - African Inland Waters Semi-Intensive Ponds OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Semi-Extensive Ponds OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
European Union Marine Net Pen OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Turkey Marine Net Pen OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Perch, Giant Vietnam Marine Net Pen OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Prawn, Giant Tiger Brunei (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Indonesia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Malaysia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Myanmar (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Philippines (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Singapore (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Thailand (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Vietnam (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Roughy, Orange New Zealand (ORH1 Mercury-Colville) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH1 Northern North Island) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH2 North-East Cape) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH2A South, ORH2B, ORH3A - Mid East Coast) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B East and South Chatham Rise) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B Northwest Chatham Rise) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B Other) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH3B Puysegur) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH7A Challenger Plateau) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
New Zealand (ORH7B West Coast South Island) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid
Salmon, Atlantic Norway - Nordland, Skjerstad Fjord Marine Net Pen OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Norway - Nordland (Blue Circle Foods Brand) Marine Net Pen OW - Recommended
Chile (Verlasso Brand) Marine Net Pen OW-Avoid
Salmon, Chum Russia - Karaginsky Gulf (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended
Trap Net OW - Recommended
Beach Seine OW - Recommended
Russia - Kamchatka Peninsula (MSC) Beach Seine OW - Recommended
Trap Net OW - Recommended
Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC) Gillnet OW-Avoid
Beach Seine OW-Avoid
Salmon, Pink Russia - Karaginsky Gulf (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended
Trap Net OW - Recommended
Beach Seine OW - Recommended
Russia - Kamchatka Peninsula (MSC) Beach Seine OW - Recommended
Trap Net OW - Recommended
Russia - Sea of Okhotsk (MSC) Gillnet OW-Avoid
Beach Seine OW-Avoid
Salmon, Sockeye Russia - Karaginsky Gulf (MSC) Gillnet OW - Recommended
Trap Net OW - Recommended
Russia - Kamchatka Peninsula (MSC) Beach Seine OW - Recommended
Trap Net OW - Recommended
Sea Bass, European European Union Marine Net Pen OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Egypt - African Inland Waters Ponds OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Turkey Marine Net Pen OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Shrimp, Whiteleg Brunei (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Indonesia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Malaysia (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Myanmar (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Philippines (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Singapore (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Thailand (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Vietnam (SEASAIP Level 1 Standard) Ponds OW-Avoid
Thailand Frequent Exchange Ponds OW-Avoid
Harvest Exchange Ponds OW-Avoid
Intensive Ponds OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Sprat, European Denmark (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Estonia (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Germany (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Sweden (MSC) Purse Seine OW-Avoid
Denmark (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Estonia (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Germany (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Sweden (MSC) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Squid, Japanese Flying Japan - Northwest Pacific (Autumn Cohort) Jig OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Japan - Northwest Pacific (Winter Cohort) Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals, etc. OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Jig OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
Purse Seine OW - Recommended OW-Avoid
China - Northwest Pacific (Winter Cohort) Midwater Trawl OW-Avoid
Squid, Longfin USA - Mid-Atlantic (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended
Squid, Northern Shortfin USA - Mid-Atlantic (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW-Avoid
Tilapia, Nile Honduras Freshwater Net Pen OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Indonesia  Freshwater Net Pen OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
Mexico Freshwater Net Pen OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Whiting, Blue Norway (MSC) Bottom Trawl OW - Recommended
Midwater Trawl OW - Recommended
Purse Seine OW - Recommended

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June 2020 

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Bass, Black Sea     USA - Florida (Gulf of Mexico) Traps OW-Avoid
 USA - Northwest Atlantic  Bottom Trawls OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Handlines OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
USA - Northwest Atlantic (Gulf of Maine & Georges Bank) Pots OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
USA - Northwest Atlantic (Southern New England) Pots OW - Recommended OW - Recommended
Bass, European Sea  Egypt - African Inland Waters  Ponds OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic Bottom Trawls OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Bream, Gilt Headed Egypt - African Inland Waters Ponds OW-Avoid
Clam, Japanese Carpet Shell United Kingdom - England (MSC) Dredge OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Cockle, Common United Kingdom - England (MSC) Dredge OW-Avoid OW - Recommended
Eel, American  USA - North Carolina Pots OW-Avoid
 USA - Northwest Atlantic Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic (excluding North Carolina) Pots OW-Avoid OW-Avoid
USA - Northwest Atlantic (including Inland Waters) Fyke Nets OW-Avoid
Meagre Egypt - African Inland Waters Ponds OW-Avoid
European Union Net Pens OW-Avoid
Turkey - Mediterranean and Black Sea Net Pens OW-Avoid
Sablefish Canada - British Columbia Marine Net Pen OW - Recommended OW - Recommended

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May 2020

Species Name Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Anchovy, European Spain - Bay of Biscay (MSC) Purse Seine
Char, Arctic Canada - Nunavut, Cambridge Bay Barriers, fences, weirs, corrals
Gillnet
Clam, Atlantic Surf USA - Atlantic Ocean, Northwest (MSC) Mechanized Dredges
Clam, Northern Quahog USA - Maine Hand Implements
USA - New Jersey Hand Implements
USA - Massachusetts Hand Implements
USA - New York Hand Implements
USA - North Carolina Hand Implements
USA - Rhode Island Hand Implements
Clam, Ocean Quahog USA - Atlantic Ocean, Northwest (MSC) Mechanized Dredges
Clam, Softshell USA - Maine Hand Implements
USA - Massachusetts Hand Implements
Crab, Snow Russia - Barents Sea (MSC) Pot/Trap
Flounder, Blackback Canada - The Maritimes Bottom Trawl
Grouper, Black Mexico - Gulf of Mexico Set Longline
Grouper, Red Mexico - Gulf of Mexico Set Longline
Mackerel, Jack Chile (MSC) Midwater Trawl
Mullet, Striped USA - Florida, West Central Atlantic Ocean Beach Seine
Cast Net
Mussels, Blue USA - Maine Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
USA - Massachusetts Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
USA - New York Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
USA - Rhode Island Hand Dredges
Hand Implements
Oysters, Eastern Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence Hand Implements
Scallops, Bay USA - Massachusetts Towed Dredges
USA - New York Towed Dredges
Sea Cucumber, Orange-Footed Canada - Quebec Towed Dredges
Shrimp, Northern Canada - Gulf of St. Lawrence (MSC) Trawl
Squid, Argentine Shortfin Atlantic Ocean - Southwest Jig
Squid, Indian China Bottom Trawl
Jig
Purse Seine
Squid, Mitre China Bottom Trawl
Jig
Purse Seine
Squid, Swordtip China Bottom Trawl
Jig
Purse Seine
Turbot, Greenland Russia - Barents Sea (MSC) Bottom Trawl
Walleye USA - Minnesota, Red Lake Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Set Gillnet

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April 2020

Species Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Pike, Northern Canada - Waterhen Lake (MSC) Gillnet
Walleye Canada - Waterhen Lake (MSC) Gillnet

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March 2020 

Species

Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
All species (except eels) 

Worldwide

RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (without wastewater treatment)

RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)  
All eel species  Worldwide   RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (with wastewater treatment)
RAS - recirculating aquaculture systems (without wastewater treatment)  
Bass, Striped  USA - Northwest Atlantic Ocean Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines  
Set Gillnets
Stationary uncovered pound nets    
Clam, Northern Quahog Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of St. Lawrence) Hand Implements
Clam, Softshell Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Maritimes) Hand Implements
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (excluding Quebec) Hand Implements
Canada - Northwest Atlantic Ocean (Quebec) Hand Implements
Scallop, Pacific Calico Mexico - Baja California Sur, Eastern Central Pacific Ocean (Magdalena Bay) Hand Implements
Squid, Indian India - Indian Ocean Bottom Trawls
Thailand - Western and Central Pacific Ocean Cast Nets
Jig
Bottom Trawls
Squid, Mitre  Indonesia - Western and Central Pacific Ocean  Cast Nets
Jig  
Thailand - Western and Central Pacific Ocean Cast Nets
Jig
Bottom Trawls
Squid, Swordtip USA - California Outdoor flowthrough raceway
Tanks
USA - Idaho Outdoor flowthrough raceway
Tanks

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February 2020

Species Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Mackerel, Atlantic USA - Atlantic (Northwest) Bottom Trawls
Midwater Trawls
Purse Seine
Canada - Atlantic (Northwest) Purse Seine  

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January 2020

Species Origin Method Old OW Rating New OW Rating
Amberjack, Yellowtail Mexico - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
Bass, Hybrid Striped USA Tanks
Ponds
Bass, Striped Mexico - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
Jack, Almaco  Mexico - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
USA - Hawaii Marine Net Pen
Redfish, Acadian USA - Atlantic Ocean Bottom Trawls
Salmon, Chinook New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Marine Net Pen
Swordfish New Zealand - Inland Waters Freshwater Net Pen
Atlantic Ocean - South Trolling Lines
Canada - Atlantic Ocean Harpoons
Drifting Longlines
Mediterranean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - North Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Atlantic Ocean - North (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Harpoons
Drifting Longlines
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - South Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Drifting Longlines
Pacific Ocean - North Drifting Longlines
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Pacific Ocean - South Drifting Longlines
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Tuna, Albacore                  Mediterranean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - North (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - North  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Atlantic Ocean - South   Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Canada - Pacific Ocean  Trolling Lines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Japan  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Pacific Ocean - North   Drifting Longlines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Pacific Ocean - South   Drifting Longlines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Tuna, Atlantic Bluefin              Atlantic Ocean - Northwest  Handlines
Harpoons
USA - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - West Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean  Hand-operated pole-and-lines;
Trolling Lines
Canada - Atlantic Ocean  Drifting Longlines

Hand-operated pole-and-lines; Trolling Lines

Mediterranean Sea     Drifting Longlines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Line
Harpoons
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Tuna, Bigeye            Atlantic Ocean - East  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Atlantic Ocean -West  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Canada - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - North Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - South Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean  Drifting Longlines
Greenstick
Pacific Ocean - Western and Central  Drifting Longlines
Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Tuna, Blackfin     Atlantic Ocean -West     Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
USA - Atlantic Ocean Greenstick
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines
Tuna, Pacific Bluefin    Japan  Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
 Pacific Ocean - North  Drifting Longlines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Tuna, Skipjack              Atlantic Ocean - East    Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - West    Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
USA - Atlantic Ocean Greenstick
Pacific Ocean - Western and Central    Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Trolling Lines
Hand-operated pole-and-lines
Tuna, Southern Bluefin Pacific Ocean - South Drifting Longlines
Tuna, Yellowfin                  Canada - Atlantic Ocean Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - East   Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - West   Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines
Unassociated Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Atlantic Ocean - North (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
Atlantic Ocean - South (excluding USA-caught) Drifting Longlines
USA - Atlantic Ocean  Drifting Longlines
Greenstick
USA - Gulf of Mexico Drifting Longlines
Pacific Ocean - Western and Central     Drifting Longlines
Floating Object Purse Seine (FAD)
Floating Object Purse Seine (non-FAD)
Handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines
Trolling Lines

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Species Updates (Year to Date)


Abalone

  • Abalone Japanese
  • Ormer, Green

Anchovy

  • Anchovy, European

Bass, Croaker

  • Bass, Black Sea
  • Bass, European Sea
  • Bass, Hybrid Striped
  • Bass, Striped
  • Croaker, Geelbeck

Billfish - Swordfish

  • Swordfish

Bream, Porgy

  • Bream, Gilt Headed

Catfish, Pangasius

  • Catfish, African
  • Catfish, Channel
  • Catfish, Wels

Clams

  • Clam, Atlantic Surf
  • Clam, Japanese Carpet Shell
  • Clam, Northern Quahog
  • Clam, Ocean Quahog
  • Clam, Softshell
  • Cockle, Common
  • Cockle, New Zealand

Cod - Haddock

  • Cod, Atlantic

Crab

  • Crab, Snow

Cucumber

  • Sea Cucumber, Orange-Footed

Eel

  • Eel, American
  • Eel, European
  • Eel, Japanese

Flounder - Sole

  • Flounder, Blackback
  • Sole, Butter
  • Sole, Common
  • Sole, Dover
  • Sole, English
  • Sole, Flathead
  • Sole, Northern Rock
  • Sole, Rex
  • Sole, Southern Rock

Grouper - Snapper

  • Grouper, Black
  • Grouper, Red

Hake - Hoki - Whiting

  • Whiting, Blue

Halibut

  • Halibut, Atlantic
  • Turbot, Greenland

Herring - Sardines - Smelt

  • Herring, Atlantic
  • Sprat, European

Mackerel - Jacks - Pompano

  • Amberjack, Greater
  • Amberjack, Yellowtail
  • Jack, Almaco
  • Mackerel, Atlantic
  • Mackerel, Jack
  • Pompano, Florida
  • Pompano, Snubnose

Mullet

  • Mullet, Striped

Mussels

  • Mussels, Blue

Oysters

  • Oysters, Chilean
  • Oysters, Eastern
  • Oysters, Edible
  • Oysters, Kumamoto
  • Oysters, New Zealand Rock
  • Oysters, Olympia
  • Oysters spp.
  • Oysters, Pacific
  • Oysters, Portuguese
  • Oysters, Sydney Rock

Perch

  • Perch, Giant
  • Perch, Yellow

Rockfish

  • Redfish, Acadian

Salmon

  • Salmon, Atlantic
  • Salmon, Chinook
  • Salmon, Chum
  • Salmon, Coho
  • Salmon, Pink
  • Salmon, Sockeye

Scallops

  • Scallop, Bay
  • Scallop, Pacifico Calico

Shrimp - Prawns

  • Prawn, Giant Freshwater
  • Prawn, Giant Tiger
  • Shrimp, Northern
  • Shrimp, Whiteleg

Skate - Rays

  • Skate, Little

Squid

  • Squid, Argentine Shortfin
  • Squid, Indian
  • Squid, Japanese Flying
  • Squid, Longfin
  • Squid, Mitre
  • Squid, Northern Shortfin
  • Squid, Swordtip

Sturgeon

  • Sturgeon, Atlantic
  • Sturgeon, Russian
  • Sturgeon, Shortnose
  • Sturgeon, Siberian
  • Sturgeon, Stellate
  • Sturgeon, Sterlet
  • Sturgeon, White

Tilapia spp.

  • Tilapia
  • Tilapia, Nile

Trout - Char

  • Char, Arctic
  • Trout, Brown
  • Trout, Rainbow
  • Trout, Tiger

Tuna

  • Tuna, Albacore
  • Tuna, Atlantic Bluefin
  • Tuna, Bigeye
  • Tuna, Blackfin
  • Tuna, Pacific Bluefin
  • Tuna, Southern Bluefin
  • Tuna, Yellowfin

Other

  • Arapaima
  • Barramundi
  • Cobia
  • Dolphinfish
  • Meagre
  • Pacu
  • Pike, Northern
  • Roughy, Orange
  • Sablefish
  • Walleye