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FDA Seafood List Updates for 2018

The following additions and changes to The Seafood List have been made in 2018.

  • Type: V=vertebrate; I=Invertebrate; I(C)=Invertebrate (Crustacean) 
  • An asterisk (*) next to the Acceptable FDA Market Name in the Seafood List 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.
2018 Seafood List Additions and Changes: January – June
Type Additions and Changes to the Seafood List Acceptable Market
or Law
Common Name Scientific Name
V New Species Sergeant-major   Sergeant-major Abudefduf saxatilis
V New species added and Vernacular names: Kupipi and Damselfish Surgeonfish   Blackspot Sergeant Abudefduf sordidus
V New species Surgeonfish or Tang   Redtail Surgeonfish Acanthurus achilles
V New Species Surgeonfish   Palani  Acanthurus dussumieri
V New Species Lobster   Dusky Acanthurus gahhm
V Common Name Change  Surgeonfish   Striped Surgeonfish Acanthurus mata
V New Species Surgeonfish   Brown Surgeonfish Acanthurus nigrofuscus
V New Species Tang or Surgeonfish   Bluelined Surgeonfish Acanthurus nubilus 
V New Species Tang or surgeonfish   Convict Surgeonfish Acanthurus triostegus 
V Vernacular name added Pompano    African Pompano Alectis ciliaris
v New Species Trumpetfish   Atlantic Trumpetfish Aulostomus maculatus
V New Species Barb   Tawes Barbonymus gonionotus  
V New Species Parrotfish   Stareyed Parrotfish Calotomus carolinus
V New species Threadfin or Jack   Threadfin Jack Carangoides otrynter
V New Species Barb    Giant Barb Catlocarpio siamensis
V New Species Parrotfish   Spectacled Parrotfish  Chlorurus perspicillatus
V New Species Damselfish   Sombre Damselfish Chrysiptera glauca 
V New Species Carp   Mud Carp Cirrhinus molitorella
V New Species  Carp   Reba Carp Cirrhinus reba
V New Species Hawkfish   Redspotted  Hawkfish Cirrhitus pinnulatis
V New species Tang or Surgeonfish   Goldring Surgeonfish Ctenochaetus strigosus
V New Species Grouper   Hong Kong grouper   Epinephelus akaara  
V New Species  Shad   Bonga Shad Ethmalosa fimbriata      
V Place dagger to Walleye Pollock Pollock    Walleye Pollock Gadus chalcogrammus
V Add Vernacular Name Thicklipped travelly Trevally   Golden Trevally Gnathanodon speciosus
I New species  Sea Cucumber   Donkey Dung Sea Cucumber Holothuria mexicana  
I New species  Sea cucumber   White Spot Cucumber Holothuria poli
I New species  Sea Cucumber   Tubular Sea Cucumber Holothuria tubulosa
V New Species Sandeel   Greater Sand-eel Hyperoplus immaculatus 
V New species Sandeel   Great Sandeel Hyperoplus lanceolatus 
V New Species Grouper   Hawaiian Grouper   Hyporthodus quernus 
I New species  Sea Cucumber   Four-Sided Sea Cucumber Istichopus badionotus
I(C) New Species Brown Box Crab   Brown Box Crab Lopholithodes foraminatus
V New species snapper   Pink Snapper Lutjanus goreensis
V Add a Vernacular Name Snapper   Common Bluestripe Snapper Lutjanus kasmira
V New Species Golden Perch   Golden Perch Macquaria ambigua
V New Species Leatherjacket   Blue-lined leatherjacket Meuschenia galii 
V New species Ocean Sunfish   Ocean Sunfish Mola mola
V Common name revision: remove: Flathead mullet  Mullet   Striped Mullet Mugil cephalus
V New species Goatfish   Yellowstripe Goatfish Mulloidichthys flavolineatus
V New Species Carp   Black Carp Mylopharyngodon piceus
V Mullet Mullet   Sharpnose Mullet  Neomyxus leuciscus
V Scientific Name Change from Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita Trout   Golden Trout Oncorhynchus  aguabonita
V New species knifejaw   Knifejaw Oplegnathus spp.
V New Species  Gourami or Goramy   Giant Gourami Osphronemus goramy 
V Cardinalfish Cardinalfish   Spotted Cardinalfish  Ostorhinchus maculiferus
V New Species wrasse   Blackstripe Wrasse  Oxycheilinus arenatus 
V New species  Wrasse   Oriental Maori Wrasse Oxycheilinus orientalis
V New Species Chanda   Himalayan Glassy Perchlet Parambassis baculis
V New species  Goatfish   White saddleGoatfish Parupenaeus cilatus
V New Species Goatfish   Manybar Goatfish Parupeneus multifasciatus
V New Species Beardfish   Pacific Beardfish Polymixia berndti
V New Species Beardfish   Beardfish Polymixia spp
V New Species Scorpionfish   Large-Headed Scorpionfish Pontinus macrocephalus
V Market name revised Jobfish or Snapper   Wenchman Pristipomoides aquilonaris
V Verncular Name Pink snapper added Jobfish or Snapper   Crimson Jobfish Pristipomoides filamentosus
V New Species Jobfish or Snapper   Oblique-Banded Snapper Pristipomoides zonatus
V New species Goby   Pointed-Tailed Goby Pseudapocryptes elongates
V New Species Trevally   White Trevally Pseudocaranx dentex
V New Species  Barb   Pool Barb Puntius sophore
I(C) New Species Spanner or Kona Crab   Spanner Crab Ranina ranina
V Vernacular name  Walu added Oilfish   Oilfish Ruvettus pretiosus
I(C) New Species Slipper Lobster   Blunt Slipper Lobster Scyllarides squammosus
V Common name change:Remove Yellow stripe scad  from vernacular name Jack or Trevally   Yellowstripe Scad Selaroides leptolepis
V Add Vernacular name: Kampachi Amberjack   Almaco Jack Seriola rivoliana
V New Species Whiting   Japanese Sillago Sillago japonica 
V New Species  Barracuda   Japanese Barracuda Sphyraena japonica 
I Add Common Name Squid or Calamari   Purpleback Flying Squid Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis
V New Species Anchovy   Teri Anchovy Stolephorus commersonnii 
I New Species  Jellyfish   Cannonball Jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris 
V New Species  Butterfish   Southwest Atlantic butterfish Stromateus brasiliensis
V Scientific name change fromTrichogaster pectoralis Gourami   snake-skinned gourami Trichopodus pectoralis
V New Species Pomfret   Golden Pomfret Xenobrama microlepis
I New Species Wrasse   Razor Wrasse Xyrichtys spp.
V New Species  Tang   Sailfin Tang Zebrasoma veliferum
2018 Seafood List Additions and Changes: July – December
Type Additions and Changes to the Seafood List Acceptable Market
or Law
Common Name Scientific Name
V New Species Surgeonfish   Orangespot Surgeonfish Acanthurus olivaceus
V New Species Fusilier   Redbelly Yellowtail Fusilier Caesio cuning
I(C) New species Crab, Swimming   Green Crab Carcinus maenas
V New Species Snook   Largescale Fat Snook Centropomus mexicanus
V New Species Corvina   Striped Corvina Cynocion reticulatus
I(C) Market Name Correction Korean Variety Crabmeat or Kegani Crabmeat 21 CFR 102.50 Kegani Crab Erimacrus isenbeckii
V New Species Yellow Irish Lord   Yellow Irish Lord Hemilepidotus Jordani
V New Species Threadfin Bream   Delagoa Threadfin Nemipterus bipunctatus
V New Species Wrasse   Oriental Maori Wrasse Oxycheilinus orientalis
I(C) Scientific name change Barnacle   Goose Barnacle Pollicipes pollicipes
I(C) New Species Barnacle   Leaf Barnacle Pollicipes polymerus
V New Species Threadfin   King Threadfin Polydactylus macrochir
I(C) Change Swimming Crab in Market name Crab, Swimming   Swimming Crab Portunus pseudoargentatus
I(C) Change Swimming Crab in Market name Crab, Swimming   Gazami Crab Portunus trituberculatus
V New Species Croaker   Argentine Croaker Umbrina canosai


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