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Atlantic Butterfish Atlantic Butterfish The Atlantic butterfish is distinguished by its very thin, deep body, resembling a flounder on edge. It earned its buttery name from its high oil content. Th...
Atlantic Cod Atlantic Cod An icon of the North Atlantic, cod has been fished for more than 500 years, ever since the discovery of the New World. The fish lives in colder waters on bot...
Atlantic Halibut Atlantic Halibut Atlantic halibut is one of the largest bottom-dwelling flatfish in the world, weighing up to 700 pounds (320 kg). They primarily live in northern cold waters...
Atlantic Lobster Atlantic Lobster An icon of Atlantic Canada and New England, this bottom-dwelling species is prolific from Newfoundland south to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Lobsters have ...
Atlantic Mackerel Atlantic Mackerel Atlantic mackerel was a popular fish during colonial times, but today is more popular in Europe because of its oily, rich flavour. This mackerel can be ident...
Atlantic Pollock Atlantic Pollock Atlantic Pollock are related to cod and haddock, but differ in appearance from others in the cod family by having a pointed snout, a projecting lower jaw, an...
Beach Angel Oyster Beach Angel Oyster The Beach Angel oyster is a variety of the Pacific oyster cultivated by the Outlandish Shellfish Guild in the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia. Alt...
Bigeye Tuna Bigeye Tuna Bigeye tuna live in deeper, cooler waters than other tropical tunas. They are bigger than Albacore and skipjack but smaller than the famed bluefin. They are ...
Black Sea Bass Black Sea Bass Black sea bass is a relative of grouper and is a popular fish along the U.S. Atlantic coast. The fish is named for its black colour, although smaller fish ca...
Bluefish Bluefish Bluefish live in temperate and tropical waters around the world with the exception of the eastern Pacific. They are a popular recreational fish along the U.S...
Caribbean Spiny Lobster Caribbean Spiny Lobster Caribbean spiny lobster are a bottom-dwelling species that live on reefs and in mangrove swamps in the Western Atlantic from North Carolina to Brazil. Unlike...
Dungeness Crab Dungeness Crab An icon of the Pacific coast, this crab is prolific from the Aleutian Islands to southern California. Dungeness crabs have a hard-shelled, oval-shaped carapa...
Eastern Oyster Eastern Oyster Eastern oysters are harvested and cultured in shallow bays and estuaries around Prince Edward Island, although their natural range extends as far south as th...
European Seabass European Seabass European Seabass are a feisty fish prized by anglers for their fighting nature. They live in near-shore areas including estuaries, lagoons and rivers, from W...
Grey Mullet Grey Mullet Grey mullet have an upper lip that is thick, prominent and hard, giving it the nickname “thick-lipped” mullet. The fish belongs to a large family...
Haddock Haddock Haddock is a North Atlantic white fish with a very distinctive black blotch—known as the “Devil’s thumbprint”—just above the pe...
Iceland Scallop Iceland Scallop Iceland scallops are known for their iconic shape, a fan-like shell with fluted grooves. Unlike its giant sea scallop cousin which can propel itself by expel...
Keta Chum Keta Chum Chums are commonly referred to as “dog salmon” courtesy of the canine-like teeth and pronounced hooked snout that appear in mature spawning males...
King Chinook King Chinook Chinook or King salmon is the largest of the five species of Pacific salmon, commonly weighing more than 30 pounds (13 kg). These salmon hatch in fresh water...
Lingcod Lingcod Lingcod is a Pacific species whose scientific name – Ophiodon elongatus – says it all. Its roots – the Greek “ophis” for snake,...
Longfin Squid Longfin Squid Longfin squid, as their name suggests, are characterised by a long fin, at least half the length of the mantle. They can reach up to 1.6 feet in mantle lengt...
Monkfish Monkfish Monkfish aren’t the prettiest fish in the North Atlantic, having an enormous spiny head, tiny eyes and fang-like teeth. Indeed, the fish is better know...
Pacific Albacore Tuna Pacific Albacore Tuna Albacore is one of the smallest members of the tuna family and a highly migratory fish that roams all the world’s oceans. Two separate and distinct sto...
Pacific Halibut Pacific Halibut Pacific halibut is the largest bottom-dwelling flatfish. Its blotchy olive and brownish colour disguises it when nestled into the sandy seafloor. Weighing up...
Pacific Octopus Pacific Octopus The Giant Northern Pacific is one of the largest octopus species in the world, living in rocky habitats along the coast from the intertidal zone to depths of...
Pink Salmon Pink Salmon Pinks are the smallest and shortest-lived of the five Pacific salmon species. What they lack in longevity and size, however, they make up in numbers: pinks a...
Redfish Redfish Redfish are a slow-growing, deep-sea fish commonly marketed as “ocean perch,” even though it’s not actually a perch. It’s a rockfish ...
Rougheye Rockfish Rougheye Rockfish Rougheye rockfish are among the longest-lived marine fish species on Earth, having been recorded as old as 205 years. Commonly marketed as “snapper,&rd...
Sablefish       (Black Cod) Sablefish (Black Cod) Sablefish is highly prized for an intensely rich, buttery flavour – hence the nickname “butterfish” – and for its surprisingly delica...
Scup Scup Scup have been harvested along the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, between Cape Cod and Cape Hatteras, since colonial times. They are recognizable for their deep, ...
Sea Scallop Sea Scallop Sea scallops are widely known for their iconic, beautiful shape, a fan-like shell with fluted grooves. The large marsh-mellow-sized variety is often called t...
Shortraker Rockfish Shortraker Rockfish Shortraker rockfish are among the longest-lived marine species on Earth, having been recorded as old as 157 years. The largest of all Sebastes rockfish, Shor...
Sidestripe Shrimp Sidestripe Shrimp Sidestripe shrimp are second only to prawns in terms of size, reaching up to 21 cm (8 inches) in length. They have distinctive long antennules and stripes al...
Silver Coho Silver Coho Coho or Silver salmon are the most acrobatic of the Pacific salmon, showcasing a marvelous ability to jump and dodge. These salmon hatch in fresh water, spen...
Silver Hake Silver Hake Silver hake is a close relative of the cod, although has none of its good looks given its mouthful of sharp, curved teeth and projecting lower jaw. Known as ...
Silvergray Rockfish Silvergray Rockfish Silvergrays are perhaps the most humble rockfish in the Pacific. They are relatively slim compared to other species, have shorter spines on their back (their...
Skipjack Tuna Skipjack Tuna Skipjack tuna are a highly migratory fish that roams all the world’s oceans in tropical and subtropical zones. They live in large schools and are typic...
Sockeye Salmon Sockeye Salmon Sockeye salmon are distinguished by their bright red and rich fillets, which is also what makes them prized by sushi chefs. These salmon hatch in fresh water...
Spiny Dogfish Spiny Dogfish Spiny dogfish are the world’s most abundant shark species. They tend to travel and feed in large schools like packs of hunting dogs—hence the nam...
Spot Prawn Spot Prawn Spot prawns are the largest commercially harvested shrimp in British Columbia and Alaska. Females can be bigger than 9 inches (23 cm). They have a distinctiv...
Striped Bass Striped Bass Striped bass is so popular on the U.S. Atlantic coast that it’s the state fish in seven states. They live along the coast from the St. Lawrence River i...
Summer Flounder Summer Flounder Summer flounder, popularly known as fluke, is a large-toothed flatfish that lives in estuarine and coastal waters from Nova Scotia to Florida. These bottom-d...
Winter Flounder Winter Flounder Winter flounder are a small-mouthed flatfish that lives on sandy or gravely seafloors in estuaries and along the continental shelf from the Gulf of St. Lawre...
Yellow Perch Yellow Perch Yellow perch are North America’s most popular freshwater fish, having been commercially harvested for more than a century. Weighing up to a pound (450 ...
Yelloweye Rockfish Yelloweye Rockfish As their name suggests, the most distinctive feature of these rockfish are their yellow eyes. They also grow more yellow with age, shifting from a youthful r...
Yellowfin Tuna Yellowfin Tuna Yellowfin are a mid-sized tuna species and are distinguished, as their name suggests by their yellow fins. They are bigger than Albacore and skipjack but sma...
Yellowtail Flounder Yellowtail Flounder Yellowtail flounder are a small-toothed flatfish that live on sandy bottom along the continental shelf from southern Labrador to Chesapeake Bay. These oval-s...
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