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Greater Atlantic Fish Species

Each of the species below is caught in the Northeast waters of the United States. Some are caught mostly in federal waters (3-200 miles from shore) and managed by the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils together with NOAA Fisheries. Others are mostly caught in state waters (0-3 miles from shore) and are managed by state fishery management agencies. 

Click on the species name for links to our national Fishwatch pages, which provide biological information, fun facts, recipes and more! Click on the regulations link to learn how each species is managed. 

For a downloadable picture guide of selected commercial fish species, please view a Photo Guide to Commercially Encountered Marine Fishes of the Northwest Atlantic.

Federally Managed Fish Species

Acadian Redfish      

REGULATIONS
Atlantic Cod     

REGULATIONS
 
Atlantic Herring

REGULATIONS
Atlantic Pollock

REGULATIONS
Atlantic Sea Scallop
REGULATIONS

 

American Lobster

REGULATIONS
Atlantic Mackerel

REGULATIONS
Atlantic Salmon

REGULATIONS    
Atlantic Spiny Dogfish

REGULATIONS        
 Atlantic Surfclam

 
REGULATIONS
Black Sea Bass

REGULATIONS  
Bluefish

REGULATIONS
Haddock

REGULATIONS
Monkfish 

REGULATIONS
Longfin Squid

REGULATIONS        
Ocean Quahog  

REGULATIONS
 Scup  

REGULATIONS
Sharks-
Atlantic Blacktip Shark

REGULATIONS
Sharks -
Atlantic Common Thresher Shark

REGULATIONS
Sharks-
Atlantic Shortfin Mako Shark

REGULATIONS
Silver Hake (Whiting)

REGULATIONS
Tunas-
Atlantic Albacore

REGULATIONS
Tunas-
Atlantic Big Eye Tuna

REGULATIONS
Tunas-
Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna

REGULATIONS
Tunas-  
Atlantic Skipjack Tuna

REGULATIONS
Tunas-
Atlantic Yellow Fni Tuna

REGULATIONS
Summer Flounder 

REGULATIONS
Tilefish        

REGULATIONS
 
Winter Flounder

REGULATIONS
Winter Skate  

REGULATIONS
Yellow Tail Flounder

REGULATIONS
Billfish-
North Atlantic Swordfish

REGULATIONS
Butterfish

REGULATIONS  
Red Hake

REGULATIONS

State Managed Species

Atlantic
Northern Shrimp
Atlantic Striped Bass
Blue Mussel  Eastern Oyster
 King Mackerel Spanish Mackerel