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Mahi mahi

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Second choice
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Perchids (Perciformes)  is by far the largest family of fishes and comprise more than 41% of all vertebrate fish. Perchids occur in either fresh and saltwater areas all over the world. Well-known perchids are seabass, dorado, mahi-mahi and weever.

Mahi mahi

Mahi mahi or common dolphinfish is a fast swimming, pelagic species. Mahi mahi occurs in temperate, tropical and sub-tropical waters. Mahi mahi is a remarkable fish with a very long, flattened body and a characteristic dorsal fin stretching over the entire length of the fish.

Mahi mahi is very popular amongst anglers in the Caribbean and the species is often caught as bycatch in swordfish and tuna fisheries.


Mahi mahi

Coryphaena hippurus

Indian Ocean, east (FAO 57)
Deelgebieden: Pacific Ocean – east and south

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Explanation assessment

There is no stock assessment for mahi mahi in de whole Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Because of its fast reproduction and growth rate this species is rather resilient to fishing pressure.

In these areas gillnets have relatively large amounts of bycatch of seaturtles, dolphins and seabirds. Gillnets do not damage the ocean floor, there is however, a possible effect on the ecosystem, due to the removal of its top predator.

There is no information on the managment of this fishery.

ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.


Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.


This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.


GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.


Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.

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