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With a metallic sheen and a chunky profile the gilthead bream is an unmistakable fish that is caught by anglers and netters in Cornwall during the summer months and is highly prized.
How we rate fish
Cornwall Good Seafood Guide rates fish on sustainability using a scale of 1 to 5.
1, 2 and 3 are recommended, Fish to avoid are rated 5.
We use the system devised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) so our scores are comparable with the scores produced by MCS for the UK and fisheries from all around the world. For more information on scoring click here.
Very little is known about the stock of gilthead bream. Landings to Cornish ports by commercial fishing operations are less than 1 tonne per year.
Gilthead bream are most commonly caught by anglers and handliners but are also caught using bass nets in coastal and estuarine areas.