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The Seafood List

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Updated June 2014

The Seafood List is FDA's Guide to Acceptable Market Names for Seafood sold in Interstate Commerce. The Acceptable Market Name can be used to label seafood products in interstate commerce. When there is no Acceptable Market Name in The Seafood List, or to determine if a different particular name is an Acceptable Market Name for use in interstate commerce, consult the Principles in Section VI of the Seafood List Guidance.

For questions regarding The Seafood List, please contact the Division of Seafood Safety at 240-402-2300 or by email at seafoodhaccp@fda.gov. You may submit either electronic or written comments on The Seafood List at any time. To ensure that the Agency considers your comment on The Seafood List, submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-1994-D-0221 (formerly 94D-0265).

The Seafood List is updated every six months, as resources permit, and summaries of those updates are posted on the Seafood List Guidance page. These updates include new additions to The Seafood List, any modifications to the scientific name (once the updated scientific nomenclature is agreed upon by the scientific community), and removal of any species that are endangered and not allowed to be sold in interstate commerce (U.S endangered species list): http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/index.htm.

The Seafood List is located on FDA's website as a searchable database and contains the following information:

  • Type: V indicates Vertebrate, I indicates Invertebrate, and I(C) indicates Invertebrate (Crustacean)
  • Acceptable Market Name (or Names)
  • Common Name (usually an English language name established by ichthyologists and other fishery experts)
  • An asterisk (*) next to the Acceptable Market Name(s) in the Seafood List indicates that a specific rule or regulation applies to that species. A dagger symbol (†) next to the Common Name in The Seafood List identifies names that are prohibited by a law. Information on the specific rule, regulation, or law is displayed in the detailed information section (see below)
  • Scientific Names (Latin binaries)

A basic search on a name is the default search mode and is usually sufficient; however there is also an advanced search function when needed.

The Seafood List is sorted by default alphabetically (A to Z) on the Scientific Name column. Clicking on a different column heading in the Seafood List will sort the display alphabetically (A to Z) on the selected column; clicking on that heading a second time will sort the display in reverse order (Z to A).

Detailed information for a specific species is available by clicking on the Scientific Name hyperlink. A detail page will appear with the following information, if available.

  • Scientific Name (Latin binary)
  • Acceptable Market Name: an asterisk (*) next to the Acceptable Market Name indicates that a specific rule or regulation applies to that species. A hyperlink provides access to the applicable rule or regulation
  • Common Name: A dagger symbol (†) next to the Common Name identifies names that are prohibited by a law. A hyperlink provides access to the applicable law
  • The DNA hyperlink provides access to DNA sequence data (barcodes) for that species
  • The RFE hyperlink provides access to Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia (RFE) images and data for that species
  • The TSN hyperlink (Taxonomic Serial Number) provides access to taxonomic information from the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)   disclaimer icon
  • The HAZ hyperlink provides access to Chapter 3: Potential Species Related and Processed Related Food Safety Hazards [PDF, 2.5 Mb] in the Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance (FFPHCG). Some of the species in The Seafood List do not have an active HAZ hyperlink. This does not mean that no hazard exists for this species. It is the responsibility of the processor to review the information in the FFPHCG to determine if a potential species or process related hazard exists for a particular species
  • Vernacular (regional) names are displayed on the detail pages and are included ONLY for cross-reference. This listing is not complete and does not account for many names used around the world
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Type Acceptable Market Name(s) Common Name Scientific Name
V Triggerfish Starry Triggerfish Abalistes stellatus
V Bream Bream Abramis brama
V Bass, Sea Argentine Sea Bass Acanthistius brasilianus
I Cockle Spiny Cockle Acanthocardia aculeata
I Cockle Knotted Cockle Acanthocardia tuberculatum
V Wahoo Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri
V Seabream or Porgie River Bream Acanthopagrus berda
V Cowfish Honeycomb Cowfish Acanthostracion polygonius
V Cowfish Scrawled Cowfish Acanthostracion quadricornis
V Tang or Surgeonfish Doctorfish Acanthurus chirurgus
V Tang or Surgeonfish Blue Tang Acanthurus coeruleus
V Tang or Surgeonfish Elongate Surgeonfish Acanthurus mata
V Tang or Surgeonfish Yellowfin Surgeonfish Acanthurus xanthopterus
I Snail or Escargot Giant African Snail Achatina fulica
V Sturgeon Siberian Sturgeon Acipenser baerii
V Sturgeon Yangtze Sturgeon Acipenser dabryanus
V Sturgeon Lake Sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens
V Sturgeon Russian Sturgeon Acipenser gueldenstaedtii
V Sturgeon Green Sturgeon Acipenser medirostris
V Sturgeon Japanese Sturgeon Acipenser multiscutatus
V Sturgeon Adriatic Sturgeon Acipenser naccarii
V Sturgeon Thorn Sturgeon Acipenser nudiventris
V Sturgeon Atlantic Sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus
V Sturgeon Sterlet Acipenser ruthenus
V Sturgeon Amur Sturgeon Acipenser schrenckii
V Sturgeon Chinese Sturgeon Acipenser sinensis
V Sturgeon Stellate Sturgeon Acipenser stellatus
V Sturgeon European Sturgeon Acipenser sturio
V Sturgeon White Sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus
I Scallop Red-ribbed Scallop Aequipecten glyptus
V Grouper Redmouth Grouper Aethaloperca rogaa
V Ray, Eagle Spotted Eagle Ray Aetobatus narinari
V Mullet Mountain Mullet Agonostomus monticola
V Gangetic Ailia Gangetic Ailia Ailia coila
V Grenadier Giant Rattail Albatrossia pectoralis
V Bonefish Bonefish Albula vulpes
V Mullet Yelloweye Mullet Aldrichetta forsteri
V Pompano African Pompano Alectis ciliaris
V Jack or Crevalle Threadfin Jack Alectis indicus
V Alligator American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis
V Alligator Chinese Alligator Alligator sinensis
V Oreo Dory or Deep Sea Dory Black Oreo Dory Allocyttus niger
V Smelt Whitebait Smelt Allosmerus elongatus
V Tuna (*) Slender Tuna Allothunnus fallai
V Shark, Thresher Pelagic Thresher Shark Alopias pelagicus
V Shark, Thresher Bigeye Thresher Shark Alopias superciliosus
V Shark, Thresher Common Thresher Shark Alopias vulpinus
V Herring or River Herring Blueback Herring Alosa aestivalis
V Shad Twaite Shad Alosa agone
V Shad Alabama Shad Alosa alabamae

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Type Acceptable Market Name(s) Common Name Scientific Name
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