The Seafood Handbook is the most comprehensive seafood directory available online. Featuring more than 100 of the most common types of fish and other seafood in the U.S. market, the Seafood Handbook is the ultimate guide to seafood sourcing and preparation, brought to you by the editors of SeaFood Business magazine. And it’s free!

Search by finfish or shellfish. For each type of seafood species, there is a comprehensive overview of the item, its origin, history, availability, product attributes, nutritional value and cooking tips, along with an original hand-drawn depiction.


  • Abalone

    Wild abalone populations on the U.S. West Coast and worldwide have been decimated by predation,...

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  • Anchovy

    More than 20 different species within the Engraulidae family are marketed under the name anchovy.

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  • Arctic Char

    Arctic char is a member of the trout and salmon family, and it physically resembles the salmon....

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  • Barracuda

    The Pacific, or California, barracuda is one of about 20 species of predatory fish in the family...

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  • Barramundi

    A relative newcomer to the U.S. seafood market, barramundi is finding a place both at high-end...

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  • Basa/Swai

    When trade with Vietnam resumed in 1994, U.S. seafood importers started shipping fillets from a...

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  • Bass, Black Sea

    Black sea bass, a small, plump fish related to grouper, is one of the most important commercial...

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  • Bass, Chilean Sea

    Chilean sea bass are not really bass but Patagonian toothfish, a large, slow-growing species...

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  • Bass, European Sea

    Sea bass, often marketed by U.S. chefs under the Italian name branzino, is a prized fish in...

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  • Bass, Hybrid Striped

    After the wild striped bass stocks nearly collapsed, the aqua-culture industry responded by...

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  • Bluefish

    Bluefish are voracious feeders and fierce fighters, earning them the name “chopper” among...

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  • Bream

    This high-valued species is the favored sea bream, prized in Mediterranean cuisine and highly...

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  • Carp

    Sustainability is certainly not an issue with the common carp, which is farmed and fished in...

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  • Catfish

    Farming catfish is truly a U.S. seafood industry success story. It started in Arkansas in the...

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  • Clam, Geoduck

    The geoduck (pronounced “gooey duck”) is the largest burrowing clam in the world and one of the...

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  • Clam, Hardshell

    These clams are rarely sold by the name “hardshell” or “quahog,” but instead are sold by names...

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  • Clam, Softshell

    Softshell is actually a misnomer for this clam, whose oval-shaped shell is actually thin and very...

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  • Clam, Surf

    Surf clams are often the “fried clams” featured on menus across the country. This is the most...

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  • Cobia

    Cobia is a relative newcomer to the U.S. market, with limited distribution from a handful of...

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  • Cockle

    Although there are more than 200 species of bivalve mollusks worldwide described as cockles, only...

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Seafood Expo Global

21-23 April 2015
Brussels, Belgium

Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is the largest seafood trade event in the world. The event attracts more than 25,800 buyers and suppliers of fresh, frozen, packaged and value-added seafood products, equipment and services. Attendees travel from 150 countries to do business at the expo. Read More