Learn About Rhode Island Seafood

RHODE ISLAND'S SEAFOOD SPECIES

Here in the Ocean State, we love our seafood. This species guide will help sort out the wide range of seafood landed in Rhode Island so you know what it looks like, when it’s around, and how it tastes!

Atlantic Butterfish

Butterfish

Peprilis triacanthus

AKA: American butterfish, Dollarfish, Shiner, Skipjack, Sheepshead, Harvestfish

SEASONALITY: Year-round

TASTE: Fatty, oily

COLOR: White

TEXTURE: Firm, smooth

NUTRITION: Good source of niacin, B6, phosphorus, vitamin B12, selenium

Black Sea Bass

Black Sea Bass

Centropristis striata

AKA: Sea bass, Blackfish, Rock bass, Black bass, Tallywag

SEASONALITY: Year-round; Peak: Jan-Feb, May, July, Nov

TASTE: Mild, fresh, somewhat delicate

COLOR: Snow white when cooked

TEXTURE: Tender but firm

NUTRITION: Low fat, source of protein and magnesium

Longfin Squid

Longfin Squid

Doryteuthis pealeii

AKA: Loligo squid, Winter squid, Boston squid, Longfin inshore squid

SEASONALITY: Year-round

TASTE: Mild, slightly sweet

COLOR: Opaque white

TEXTURE: Firm

NUTRITION: Good source of selenium, riboflavin and vitamin B12

Monkfish

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Lophius americanus

AKA: Goosefish, Monktails, Angler, Fishing frog, Allmouth, Molligut, Abbot, Sea-devil, Lotte

SEASONALITY: Year-round, Peak: Jan-July, Oct-Dec

TASTE: Mild, slightly sweet

COLOR: White

TEXTURE: Tail meat is firm and dense

NUTRITION: Good source of niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, potassium, phosphorus, selenium

Quahog

Quahog

Mercenaria mercenaria

AKA: Hard clam, Quahog, Round clam, Chowder clam

SEASONALITY: Year-round

TASTE: Flavorful, salty

COLOR: Pinkish

TEXTURE: Firm

NUTRITION: Low fat, selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, B vitamins

Scup

Scup

Stenotomus chrysops

AKA: Porgy, Maiden, Fair maid, Ironsides, Northern porgy

SEASONALITY: Year-round, Peak: April – June

TASTE: Mild

COLOR: White

TEXTURE: Lean and flaky

NUTRITION: Low sodium, high in niacin, phosphorus, vitamins B6 and B12, and selenium

Silver Hake

Silver Hake

Merluccius bilinearis

AKA: Whiting, Atlantic hake, New England hake

SEASONALITY: Year-round, Peak: April-May, July-Nov

TASTE: Mild and slightly sweet

COLOR: White, off-white

TEXTURE: Softer flesh, less flaky

NUTRITION: Good source of selenium, vitamin B, magnesium and protein

Spiny Dogfish

Spiny Dogfish

Squalus acanthias

AKA: Dogfish shark, Cape dogfish, Cape shark, Spring dogfish, Spiked dogfish, Grayfish, Spur dog, Piked dogfish

SEASONALITY: Year-round

TASTE: Mild and sweet

COLOR: White when cooked

TEXTURE: Flaky but firm

NUTRITION: High in selenium, and vitamins B6 and B12

Summer Flounder

Summer Flounder

Paralichthys dentatus

AKA: Flounder, Fluke, Northern fluke, Hirame

SEASONALITY: Year-round, Peak: Feb-Aug, Nov-Dec

TASTE: Delicate flavor

COLOR: White

TEXTURE: Flaky and fine

NUTRITION: Good source of B vitamins and niacin

Striped Sea Robin

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Prionotus evolans

AKA: Triglidae

SEASONALITY: May to October

TASTE: Mild, sweet flavor

COLOR: White

TEXTURE: Firm, slightly flaky

NUTRITION: Rich in Vitamin B12 and niacin

Tautog

Tautog

Tautoga onitis

AKA: Blackfish

SEASONALITY: Year-round, Peak: April-May, October-November

TASTE: Delicate, sweet

COLOR: White

TEXTURE: Firm, dry

NUTRITION: Good source of vitamin A, phosphorus, calcium, and iron

Winter Skate

Winter Skate

Leucoraja erinacea/ocellata

AKA: Skate, Big skate, Spotted skate, Eyed skate

SEASONALITY: Year-round

TASTE: Mild, flavor similar to scallops

COLOR: Off-white

TEXTURE: Firm and stringy (striated wings)

NUTRITION: Low in sodium and fat

 

RHODE ISLAND SEAFOOD SEASONALITY

Download our beautifully illustrated harvest calendar of the harvest seasons for fifteen of our major species. And since we have far more many seafood species in our waters than could ever be crammed on the calendar, we also have a more comprehensive harvest chart:

Rhode Island Species Chart