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Species Illustration Species Name Species Category Protected Status Region
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Blue crab illustration showing grayish blue and green shell. Legs and claws are bright blue. Depicted crab is a female because red tips on claws. Credit: NOAAFisheries/Jack Hornady.
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Callinectes sapidus
Also Known As
Hard-shells (not molting), Peelers (about to molt), Busters (started to molt), Soft-shells (just molted, not yet hard), Jimmies (adult males), Sooks (adult females), She-crabs or Sallies (immature females), Sponges/Sponge crabs (females carrying eggs)
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Crab
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Illustration of open blue mussel with NOAA Fisheries text along right side. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Mytilus edulis
Also Known As
Edible mussel
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Clams, Mussels, Oysters
    • Farmed Seafood
  • Region
    Alaska
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Side-profile illustration of a blue whale with a molted blue-gray color and long body.
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Balaenoptera musculus
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • ESA Endangered
  • MMPA Protected
  • MMPA Depleted
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    Alaska
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Side-profile illustration of bluefish with shiny white and light blue body. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Pomatomus saltatrix
Also Known As
Tailor, Snapper, Baby blues, Choppers, Elfs
  • Species Category
    Fish
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Illustration of an orange-brown boulder star coral resembling a big, lumpy boulder as it forms massive clumps.
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Orbicella franksi
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Corals
  • ESA Threatened
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • SPAW Annex III
  • Region
    Southeast
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Side-profile illustration of a brown rock shrimp with pinkish brown body and reddish-purple skinny legs. Body has grooves and nodules. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Sicyonia brevirostris
Also Known As
Rock shrimp, Florida rock shrimp
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Shrimp
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Side-profile illustration of a brown shrimp with several slender long walking legs and five pairs of smaller swimming legs. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Farfantepenaeus aztecus
Also Known As
Brownies, Green lake shrimp, Red shrimp, Redtail shrimp, Golden shrimp, Native shrimp, Summer shrimp
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Shrimp
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Left-facing illustration of dark, sleek Bryde's whale with white underside.
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Balaenoptera edeni
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • MMPA Protected
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Side-profile illustration of a blue, gray, and silvery white butterfish. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Peprilus triacanthus
Also Known As
American butterfish, Atlantic butterfish, Dollarfish, Shiner, Skipjack, Sheepshead, Harvestfish
  • Species Category
    Fish
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Illustration of a Caribbean spiny lobster looking down on its back. Illustration shows reddish brown shell with dark and cream-colored, yellowish spots on body and tail. Forward-pointing spines cover their bodies for protection. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Panulirus argus
Also Known As
Crawfish, Rock lobster, Bug, Florida lobster, Langosta espinosa
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    Southeast
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Stenella clymene
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • MMPA Protected
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Side-profile illustration of a cobia fish. Narrow body is dark brown on the top half and underside is white. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Rachycentron canadum
Also Known As
Crabeater, Sergeantfish, Ling, Cabio, Cubby yew, Lemonfish
  • Species Category
    Fish
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Tursiops truncatus
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • MMPA Protected
  • MMPA Depleted
  • MMPA Depleted
  • MMPA Depleted
  • MMPA Depleted
  • MMPA Depleted
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Ziphius cavirostris
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • MMPA Protected
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    Alaska
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Hippocampus zosterae
  • Species Category
    Fish
  • CITES Appendix II
  • Region
    Southeast
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Kogia sima
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • MMPA Protected
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Illustration of an oval-shaped Eastern oyster with beige-colored shell. The inside of the shell is white, off-white, and brownish in color. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Crassostrea virginica
Also Known As
American oyster, Atlantic oyster, American cupped oyster, Virginia oyster
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Clams, Mussels, Oysters
    • Farmed Seafood
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Illustration of a golden tan elkhorn coral with frond-like branches.
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Acropora palmata
  • Species Category
    Invertebrates
    • Corals
  • ESA Threatened
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • SPAW Annex III
  • Region
    Southeast
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Profile drawing of False Killer Whale
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Pseudorca crassidens
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • ESA Endangered
  • MMPA Protected
  • MMPA Depleted
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    Alaska
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Multiple species
  • Species Category
    Fish
    • Reef Fish
  • Region
    Southeast
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Illustration of fin whale.
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Balaenoptera physalus
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • ESA Endangered
  • MMPA Protected
  • MMPA Depleted
  • CITES Appendix I
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    Alaska
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
  • Region
    West Coast
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Lagenodelphis hosei
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • MMPA Protected
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast
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Side-profile illustration of a gag grouper fish with brownish gray body and darker brown splotchy marks along the side. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
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Mycteroperca microlepis
Also Known As
Grouper, Copper belly, Charcoal belly
  • Species Category
    Fish
    • Wild-Caught Seafood
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  • Region
    Southeast
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Mesoplodon europaeus
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • MMPA Protected
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex II
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Southeast
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Mobula birostris
  • Species Category
    Fish
    • Protected Fish
  • ESA Threatened
  • CITES Appendix II
  • SPAW Annex III
  • Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Region
    Pacific Islands
  • Region
    Southeast