Seafood Species of NH

Species profiles: find out more about the local species you eat!


Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Scientific name: Thunnus thynnus
Also Known As: Toro, Maguro, Giant Bluefin, 
     Northern Bluefin Tuna
Catch Method: Rod & Reel, Harpoon
Geographic Range: Western and eastern
     Atlantic, Mediterranean
Seasonal Availability: June - October

 

Bluefish

Scientific name: Pomatomus saltatrix
Also Known As: Tailor, Snapper, Baby Blues,
     Elfs, Choppers

Catch Method: Gillnets, Hook & Line Gear,
     Trawl
Geographic Range: Florida to New England
Seasonal Availability: June - October
Recipes

   

Butterfish

Scientific name: Peprilus triacanthus
Also Known As: American butterfish
Catch Method: Otter Trawls
Geographic Range: Florida to Nova Scotia
Seasonal Availability: 


 

Atlantic Cod

Scientific name: Gadus morhua 
Catch Method: Otter Trawls, Gillnets
Geographic Range: Cape Hatteras to
     Greenland

Seasonal Availability: Year-round,
     Locally 
June - December
Recipes

   

Dogfish Shark

Scientific name: Squalus acanthias
Also Known As: Spiney dogfish
, Cape dogfish, Cape shark, Grayfish
Catch Method: gillnet, longline, trawl
Geographic Range: North Carolina to Maine
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, Locally July - December
 

 

Yellowtail Flounder

Scientific name: Limanda ferruginea
Also Known As: Rusty Dab
Catch Method: Otter Trawls, Gillnets
Geographic Range: Chesapeake Bay to Newfoundland and Labrador
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
June - December
Recipes

 

Summer Flounder

Scientific name: Paralichthys dentatus
Also Known As: Flounder, Fluke, Hirame
Catch Method: Bottom Trawls
Geographic Range: North Carolina to Maine
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
June - December
Recipes


 

Winter Flounder

Scientific name: Pseudopleuronectes
     americanus

Also Known As: Flounder, Sole, Lemon Sole
Catch Method: 
Geographic Range: 
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
June - December
Recipes


 

Haddock

Scientific name: Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Also Known As: Scrod 
Catch Method: otter trawls, longlines, gillnets
Geographic Range: New Jersey to
     Nova Scotia

Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
June - December
Recipes

 

Red Hake

Scientific name: Urophycis chuss
Also Known As: 
Catch Method: Otter Trawl
Geographic Range: New Jersey to
     Nova Scotia

Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
June - January
Recipes

 

White Hake

Scientific name: 
Also Known As: 
Catch Method: 
Geographic Range: 
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
June - January
Recipes

 

Atlantic Herring

Scientific name: Clupea harengus
Also Known As: Sea Herring, Sild, 
     Labrador Herring, Sardine, Sperling

Catch Method: Purse Seine,
     Mid-water 
Trawl
Geographic Range: Gulf of Maine,
     Gulf of St. Lawrence and Bay of Fundy

Seasonal Availability: July - September
Recipes

 

Jonah Crab

Scientific name: Cancer borealis
Also Known As: 
Catch Method: 
Geographic Range: Gulf of Maine to Nova Scotia
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
June - December
Recipes

 

American Lobster

Scientific name: Homarus americanus
Also Known As: Lobster
Catch Method: Traps
Geographic Range: New Jersey to Labrador
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally 
July - December
Recipes

 

Atlantic Mackerel

Scientific name: Scomber scombrus
Also Known As: Common Mackerel, Boston
     Mackerel, Caballa

Catch Method: Mid-water Trawls
Geographic Range: North Carolina
     to Labrador

Seasonal Availability: June - December
Recipes

 

Monkfish

Scientific name: Lophius americanus
Also Known As: Goosefish, Monktails, Angler,
     Fishing Frog, Allmouth, Molligut,
     Abbot, Sea-devil, Lotte

Catch Method: Trawls, Gillnets
Geographic Range: Newfoundland and
     Quebec to Cape Hatteras

Seasonal Availability: June - December
Recipes


 

Native Shrimp

Scientific name: Pandalus borealis
Also Known As: Pink Shrimp, Salad Shrimp,
     Deep Water Prawn, Coldwater Shrimp

Catch Method: Otter Trawls, Traps
Geographic Range: New England to  
     Newfoundland and Labrador

Seasonal Availability: December - February
Recipes


 

American Plaice

Scientific name: Hippoglossoides platessoides
Also Known As: sole, sea dab, sand dab, black dab
Catch Method: trawls
Geographic Range: southern Labrador to Rhode Island
Seasonal Availability: 

Recipes

 

Atlantic Pollock

Scientific name: Pollachius virens
Also Known As: Saithe, Coalfish, Coley,
     Green Cod, Boston Bluefish

Catch Method: Otter Trawls, Gillnets
Geographic Range: New Jersey to
     Newfoundland

Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally June - January

Recipes

 

Acadian Redfish

Scientific name: Sebastes fasciatus
Also Known As: Ocean perch
Catch Method: Otter trawls
Geographic Range: Maine to New York
Seasonal Availability: 

Recipes

 

Sea Scallops

Scientific name: Placopecten magellanicus
Also Known As: Giant Scallop
Catch Method: New Bedford Scallop Dredge, Otter Trawls, Diving, Digby Dredge
Geographic Range: Cape Hatters to Newfoundland
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally July - December

Recipes

 

Skate

Scientific name: Leucoraja ocellata
Also Known As: Winter Skate
Catch Method: trawls
Geographic Range: Maine to North Carolina
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally July - December 
Recipes

 

Rainbow Smelt

Scientific name: Osmerus mordax
Also Known As: 
Catch Method: gillnets
Geographic Range: New Jersey to Labrador
Seasonal Availability: January - February 
Recipes

 

Grey Sole

Scientific name: Glyptocephalus cynoglossus
Also Known As: Witch Flounder, Pole Dab
Catch Method: 
Geographic Range: 
Seasonal Availability: 

 

Long-finned Squid

Scientific name: Doryteuthis (Amerigo) pealeii
Also Known As: Loligo Squid, Winter Squid, Boston Squid, Longfin Inshore Squid
Catch Method: Bottom Trawls, Pound Nets, Fish Traps
Geographic Range: Georges Bank to Cape Hatteras
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, 
     Locally July - December 
Recipes

 

Whiting

Scientific name: Merluccius bilinearis
Also Known As: Silver Hake, Atlantic hak
Catch Method: 
Geographic Range: Newfoundland to South Carolina
Seasonal Availability: 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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