How to use the Guide
The species that we have assessed are listed alphabetically, according to their formal seafood name (or Australian Fish Names Standard). For example, if you type 'tuna' into the search engine, four assessed species of tuna will be shown in alphabetical order (albacore, bigeye, southern bluefin and yellowfin tuna).
Many species of seafood are known only by their colloquial name; for example Australian herring is commonly called Tommy Ruff.
Our search function allows you to search on the common name (e.g. Tommy ruff) or the generic term for a group of species (e.g. prawns or tuna) and you’ll be taken to information on the seafood you're looking for.
How to search online
Look up the species. Check its assessment under our traffic light system (green = Better Choice; amber = Eat Less; red = Say No) and find out about its sustainability.
Is the species overfished?
Was it caught using destructive fishing methods?
If farmed, which aquaculture method was used?
There may be important differences depending on where or how it was caught or farmed. You can make a difference by choosing your seafood wisely.
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 or 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.