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The FDA Seafood List - Updates for 2011

The following changes to The Seafood List have been made in 2011. 

  • Type: V=vertebrate; I=invertebrate
  • An asterisk (*) next to the Acceptable FDA Market Name indicates that a specific regulation applies to that species.
  • A listed regulation number refers to the applicable section of the Regulation cited.
  • A dagger (†) next to the Scientific Common Name in the Seafood List identifies the names that are prohibited by a law. The specific law is noted to provide additional information.
  • Consult The Seafood List Guidance for additional information.


ChangeAcceptable FDA
Market Name(s)
or Law
Common NameScientific Name
VNew Species addedSilverside Big-scale SmeltAtherina boyeri
VNew Species addedPomfret Lowfin PomfretBrama dussumier
VNew Species addedPorgy Whitebone PorgyCalamus leucosteu
VNew Species addedTriggerfish Rough TriggerfishCanthidermis maculata
VNew Species addedShark Blacknose SharkCarcharhinus acronotus
VNew Species addedGrouper Tomato HindCephalopholis sonnerati
VNew Species addedDorab Dorab Wolf-herringChirocentrus dorab
VNew Species addedSoldierfish or Squirrelfish Spinycheek SoldierfishCorniger spinosus
VCommon Name changedMahi-mahi DolphinfishCoryphaena hippurus
VMarket Name changedWeakfish Sand SeatroutCynoscion arenarius
VMarket Name changedWeakfish Spotted SeatroutCynoscion nebulosus
VMarket Name changedWeakfish Silver SeatroutCynoscion nothus
VAdditional Market Name addedWeakfish or Corvina Spotted SeatroutCynoscion virescens
VNew Species addedGrunt Blackfin SlateyDiagramma melanacrum
VNew Species addedToothfish Antarctic ToothfishDissostichus mawsoni
VNew Species addedRemora or Sharksucker Whitefin SharksuckerEcheneis neucratoides
VNew Species addedGrouper Highfin GrouperEpinephelus maculatus
VNew Species addedGrouper Wavy Lined GrouperEpinephelus undulosus
VNew Species addedPearlspot Green ChromideEtroplus suratensis
VNew Species addedEel, Moray Blacktail MorayGymnothorax kolpos
VNew Species addedBass, Sea Longtail BassHemanthias leptus
VNew Species addedHighwaterman FishFD&C 403(t)Highwaterman Catfish(†)Hypophthalmus edentatus
VScientific Family Common Name changed  False Trevallies or MilkfishesLactarius spp.
VNew Species addedBass, Sea Japanese SeaperchLateolabrax japonicus
VNew Species addedSlipmouths or Ponyfish  Slipmouths or PonyfishLeiognathus spp.
VNew Species added  GurnardLepidotrigla spp.
VNew Species addedEmperor Redspot EmperorLethrinus lentjan
VNew Species addedEmperor Smalltooth EmperorLethrinus microdon
VScientific Common Name changedEmperor Slender EmperorLethrinus variegatus
VAdditional Market Name addedFlounder or Sole Yellowtail FlounderLimanda ferruginea
VNew Species addedSnapper Mangrove Red SnapperLutjanus argentimaculatus
VAdditional Market Name addedSnapper or Red Snapper Red SnapperLutjanus campechanus
VNew Species addedSnapper Dog SnapperLutjanus jocu
VAdditional Market Name addedWhiting or Hake Pacific HakeMerluccius paradoxus
VNew Species addedHagfish Atlantic HagfishMyxine glutinosa
VNew Species addedToadfish Leopard ToadfishOpsanus pardus
VDeletion of Market Namenone*
(see regulation)
21 CFR 102.57California HalibutParalichthys californicus
VNew Species addedPleco or Loach Rubber PlecoParancistrus aurantiacus
VNew Species addedGrunt Javelin GrunterPomadasys kaakan
VScientific Common Name changedJobfish Crimson JobfishPristipomoides filamentosusa
VNew Species addedLionfish Red LionfishPterois volitans
VNew Species addedPikeperch Volga PikeperchSander volgensis
VNew Species addedArowana Super Red ArowanaScleropages legendrei
VNew Species addedScorpionfish Hunchback ScorpionfishScorpaena dispar
VScientific Common Name changedSprat European SpratSprattus sprattus
VAdditional Market Name addedGourami or Gouramy Snake-skinned GouramiTrichogaster pectoralis
VNew Species addedGoby Grass GobyZosterisessor ophiocephalus
INew Species addedShrimp Common ShrimpCrangon crangon
IAdditional Market Name added; Common name correctedCrab, Santola or Nova or Southern Red21 CFR 102.50 Southern King CrabLithodes santolla
INew Species addedSquid or Calamari Japanese Flying SquidTodarodes pacificus
IMarket Name ChangedScallop Patagonian ScallopZygochlamys patagonica