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Orange roughy

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Orange roughy

The orange roughy, red roughy, or slime head is a deep-sea species that can be found at depths of 1000 metres. This species can reach 75 cm in length, can weigh 7 kg, and can live up to be 149 years of age. The orange roughy is extremely vulnerable to overfishing and many populations have already collapsed. 


Orange roughy

Hoplostethus atlanticus


Farming- / Catch method

Bottom otter trawl

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Explanation assessment

The orange roughy is a deep-sea fish that grows slowly and that has a low reproduction speed. Because of this, this species is extremely vulnerable to overfishing. At many places this species is being overfished and populations have collapsed.

On top of this, it is a fish that lives around seamounts with vulnerable bottom fauna like cold-water corals and sponges, that are very vulnerable to bottom trawling fishery. This fishery causes irreversible damage to these areas.


This species occurs worldwide and is managed at some places, like New Zealand, but at most places there is no management. The management is not effective.


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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