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Pacific whiting

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Second choice
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Cod-like fish

Cod-like fishes belong to the Gadidae family. This includes the Atlantic and Pacific cod, pouting, haddock, whiting, European pollock, Alaska pollock and saithe. They live near the seabed in coastal waters and in deeper waters. During the day, they aggregate in schools. At night, they separate to forage independently. Gadidae are omnivorous fish that feed on worms, molluscs, bivalves, crustaceans and small fish. They migrate over large distances to spawn and to hunt on large schools of herring and smelt.



Pacific whiting

The Argentine hake can be found in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This species can grow up to 91 cm in length and weigh up to 1,2 kg. This species of hake often resides at great depths of 0 to 1000 metres. In spring, these fish migrate to the coast and reproduce in the summer. Come winter, they migrate back to deeper waters.  


Pacific whiting

Merluccius productus

Pacific Ocean, north-east (FAO 67)

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Explanation assessment

The Canadian and USA sea fishery on Pacific hake has been MSC-certifiedMSC Certified:
Fisheries that comply with the Marine Stewardship Council assessment criteria and are certified. Fish products with the blue MSC label are caught by sustainable fisheries.
since 2009. This fishery uses [midwater otter trawls] and focuses on the open sea on the so-called “offshore” stockStock:
The fish of a particular species reproducing in the same area in the same period. 


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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