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Akule (Bigeye Scad) Akule (Bigeye Scad) Akule or big-eye scad is a tropical fish that is found in huge schools either inshore or in the open ocean around the world. It is the most popular reef fish...
Albacore Tuna Albacore Tuna Albacore is one of the smallest members of the tuna family and a highly migratory fish that roams all the world’s tropical and temperate oceans. This t...
American plaice American plaice American plaice is a commonly harvested fish along the Eastern Coast of Canada and the USA; although they can be found on both sides of the Atlantic. It is c...
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 Chub Mackerel Atlantic Chub Mackerel Atlantic chub mackerel can be found in the the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean. This medium-sized pelagic fish s...
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 Herring Atlantic Herring Atlantic herring are a coastal pelagic fish that have been found schooling in numbers upwards of several billion fish. They are found on both sides of the At...
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...
Blue Marlin Blue Marlin Blue marlin, or Kajiki in Japanese, is distinguished by its large size, heavy bill and rougher, darker skin compared to its more slender cousin the striped m...
Blue Mussel Blue Mussel
Broadbill Swordfish Broadbill Swordfish Broadbill Swordfish are named for the long, sword-like bill extending from the front portion of their body. Swordfish are found worldwide in the Atlantic, Pa...
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...
Ehu (Red Snapper) Ehu (Red Snapper) Ehu is the Hawaiian name of the short-tail red snapper that looks similar to its bottomfish cousin, the Onaga. Ehu, however, can be distinguished by a distin...
European Sardine European Sardine The European pilchard is a migratory, ocean-dwelling fish that can be found in the Northeast Atlantic from the North Sea southward to Bay de Goré...
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...
Gindai (Snapper) Gindai (Snapper) Gindai, or Oblique-banded Snapper, is named after its four oblique orange or yellow bars on its side. Gindai is the Japanese name for this fish, meaning &ldq...
Gorilla Ogo Gorilla Ogo Gorilla ogo is a fast-growing brittle seaweed that is native to the Indian and Pacific Ocean. It is popular in Asian cuisine and was introduced for aquacultu...
Green Sea Urchin Green Sea Urchin Green sea urchins can be found both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the Pacific Ocean, they are found from northern Washington State to Alaska, and in th...
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...
Hapuʻupuʻu (Grouper) Hapuʻupuʻu (Grouper) Hawaii Sea Bass is commonly called hapu‘upu‘u in Hawaii and grouper in other markets. This species is only known to occur in the Hawaiian Islands...
Hawaiian Goatfish Hawaiian Goatfish Hawaiian goatfish get their name from two long chemosensory barbels that protrude out of their chins like whiskers on a goat. Three species are common in Haw...
Hawaiian Pond Fish Hawaiian Pond Fish Hawaiian pond fish include five species that were traditionally raised in fishponds by native Hawaiians as a source of food. They all have the ability to inh...
Hawaiian Reef Cave Fish Hawaiian Reef Cave Fish Hawaiian cave reef fish consist of two types: flagtails (Āholehole in Hawaiian), including the species Kuhlia xenura and Kuhlia sandvicensis, and soldierfish...
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...
Kalekale (Snapper) Kalekale (Snapper) Kalekale, or Lavender Snapper, is brown to bronze in color, looking very similar to their bottomfish cousin, the Opakapaka. In fact, Kalekale is often mislab...
Kawakawa Kawakawa Kawakawa is a species of tuna that lives in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific; although, a few stray specimens have...
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...
Kole Tang Kole Tang The Kole Tang is a marine reef fish that lives in the Central and South Pacific. It is important in recreational and subsistence fishing, and is one of ...
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...
Mahimahi Mahimahi Mahimahi, which means “very strong” in Hawai’ian, is a highly migratory pelagic species found in the world’s all tropical and subtrop...
Mangrove Crab Mangrove Crab Mangrove crabs are semi-terrestrial, meaning they live both in the sea and on the land. These crabs can be found in tidal mangrove mud flats along the Atlant...
Monchong Monchong Monchong is an open-ocean species that's widely distributed in the warm waters of the Pacific. It is generally caught accidentally in longline fisheries...
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...
Mud Crab Mud Crab Hawaiian mud crabs are widely distributed through the Indo-Pacific region and around the Indian Pacific Ocea to east Africa. They are also found in Hawaii.&n...
Northern Shrimp Northern Shrimp Northern or cold-water shrimp is one of the most abundant shrimp species found in the North Atlantic and Pacific. They are live in soft, muddy substrate on t...
Onaga (Ruby Snapper) Onaga (Ruby Snapper) Onaga, or Ruby Snapper, is named after its bright red appearance and has large eyes that allow it to live in the deep sea. It is better known by its Japanese...
Opah (Moonfish) Opah (Moonfish) Opah is a pelagic species, often found with tuna and billfish. The fish is found in southern waters and has recently become popular with restaurants in Hawai...
Opakapaka (Pink Snapper) Opakapaka (Pink Snapper) Opakapaka, or pink snapper, is named after its light crimson color. Like many of the deep-sea snappers of Hawai‘i, Opakapaka live near underwater headl...
Ōpelu (Mackerel Scad) Ōpelu (Mackerel Scad) ‘Ōpelu, or mackerel scad, is a common tropical fish found around the world in huge schools either inshore or in the open ocean. In Hawai‘i, this ...
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...
Pacific Oyster Pacific Oyster The Pacific oyster is native to Japan, but was introduced to North America in the 1920s and is now cultivated around the world using a variety of methods. It...
Pacific Sanddab Pacific Sanddab The Pacific sanddab is a left eyed bottom dwelling flatfish with a special knack for camouflage. Being able to change their colour and pattern to match their...
Pacific Sardine Pacific Sardine Pacific sardines, also known as pilchards, are a very important part of the oceanic food chain and can form schools of up to10 million fish. They are found f...
Petrale Sole Petrale Sole Petrale sole is a right-eyed flounder found along muddy bottoms off the Pacific coast. They range from Baja California up to Alaska and can be found at depth...
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 ...
Robalo Robalo Robalo is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the coast of the North Carolina to Brazil. This species of snook requi...
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...
Shortbill Spearfish Shortbill Spearfish The shortbill spearfish is a species of marlin that lives in the tropical and temperate waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is a highly migratory spe...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Smooth Nylon Shrimp Smooth Nylon Shrimp The deepwater caridean shrimp, also known as smooth nylon shrimp, occurs throughout the tropical Pacific Ocean, whre it is found in benthic deepwater habitat...
Snow Crab Snow Crab Snow crab, also known as queen crab, are found in the North Atlantic and North Pacific, preferring deep, cold-water conditions.  Although found in snowy...
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...
Striped Marlin Striped Marlin Striped Marlin, or Nairagi in Japanese, can be distinguished from its cousin, the blue marlin, by its distinct blue bands across the width of its body. It is...
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...
Surgeonfish Surgeonfish Surgeonfish are herbivores that live in tropical waters around coral reefs. Their name is derived from the scalpel-like spines on their tails that are danger...
Ta'ape (Snapper) Ta'ape (Snapper) Ta’ape, or bluestripe snapper, is named after its four bright blue stripes running along the side of it body. Its native range is quite extensive, from...
Tautog Tautog Tautog is a popular recreational species also known as “blackfish” because of its dark mottled sides. The fish live in rocky inshore habitats and...
Toau (Blacktail Snapper) Toau (Blacktail Snapper) Toau, or blacktail snapper, is named after its dark reddish black tail fringed with white. Their native range is quite extensive, from the Indian Ocean to So...
Triggerfish Triggerfish Triggerfish include some 40 species of brightly coloured fish that inhibit tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world. They get their name from the...
Uku (Gray Snapper) Uku (Gray Snapper) Uku or Gray Snapper is found in the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean from East Africa to Hawaii, Japan, and Australia. These snappers are not considered one of th...
Unicornfish Unicornfish Unicornfish are herbivores that live in tropical waters around coral reefs and are part of the surgeonfish family, Acanthuridae. Their name comes from the ho...
Wahoo (Ono) Wahoo (Ono) Wahoo or Ono, which means “delicious” in Hawaiian, is a pelagic fish found in all the world’s tropical and subtropical waters including the...
Whelk Whelk Whelks are a marine snail native to the North Atlantic. They can be found along the coastlines of Europe, North America from New Jersey northward and parts o...
White Hake White Hake White hake are demersal, meaning they live on or near the ocean floor. This species ranges from the Western Atlantic from southern Labrador and the Grand Ban...
White Seabass White Seabass White Seabass, despite its name, is not actually part of the Seabass family nor is it white; it actually belongs to the “Croaker” family and is t...
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...
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...
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 ...
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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