Groundfish Survey Species Code Manual and Data Codes Manual
The Species Code book is a listing of codes used for fishes and invertebrates identified in RACE division surveys. It is not a comprehensive list of all taxa potentially available to the surveys nor a hierarchical taxonomic key. It is a linear listing of codes applied to individual catch records. Specifically, a code assigned to a genus or higher refers to animals identified only to that level. It does not include animals identified to lower levels listed under other codes. An individual specimen is only represented once by any one code.
The Code listing is periodically reviewed by RACE staff to ensure its accuracy and standardization. Names used are those established by general usage in the scientific community, using the following published resources: Names of Fishes (AFS, 2004), Names of Decapod Crustaceans (AFS, 1989), Names of Mollusks (AFS, 1988, 1998), Names of Cnidaria and Ctenophora (AFS, 1991), and the most recent Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) database and World Register of Marine Species database. Names used in this Code list may differ on the basis of the most recent research. No subspecies will be included in the Species Code List.