The Seafood List is a compilation of existing acceptable market names for
imported and domestically available seafood. The list was developed by the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS). Its purpose is to promote uniformity in the use of FDA
acceptable market names by the fish industry, and to provide consistent advice
on these names. The list represents an extensive, although not necessarily
complete, listing of seafood commonly sold in the United States.
It is advisable to use either the Acceptable Market Name or the Common Name in
labeling seafood products which will help assure that identity labeling of the
seafood will comply with FDA and NMFS regulations. Use of the vernacular name is
not encouraged, and may cause the seafood to be misbranded.