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Maine Marine Resource Information by Species

Select an underlined link in the table below for more information about that species.  PDF files may require Adobe Reader software (download here free) to view or print.

Also see the Commercial Fisheries page for current and historical Maine commercial catch data for many of these species, and the Recreational Fishing page for current recreational fishing regulations.

Information on federally managed species is provided here by links to NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources (OPR), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) FishWatch program, and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) Sustainable Fisheries Division, and by links to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

If you need further regulatory information, please contact your local Marine Patrol officer or one of the three Marine Patrol offices.

For more information, other species, and identification keys, try Leland W. Pollock's A Practical Guide to the Marine Animals of Northeastern North America from Rutgers University Press, available in part here free via Google Books or the 1953 classic, Bigelow and Schroeder's Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, available here free via the Gulf of Maine Research Inst.

Please contact DMR's webmaster if any of these links fail.

Species Information
Species Name
Picture and Basic Info from
Do You Know Your Catch?
More Information
Alewife
Alewife Description Maine River Herring Info | River Herring Info c/o GARFO | River Herring Info c/o ASMFC
Asian Shore Crab
  Asian Shore Crab Fact Sheet and Questionnaire
Black Sea Bass
Black Sea Bass Description Black Sea Bass Info c/o NEFSC | Black Sea Bass Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Black Sea Bass Info c/o ASMFC | Black Sea Bass Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Blueback Herring
Blueback Herring Description Maine River Herring Info | River Herring Info c/o GARFO | River Herring Info c/o ASMFC
Blue Shark
Blue Shark Description see Sharks below
Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin Tuna Description Recreational Fishing Info for Large Pelagics | Tuna Info c/o NOAA | Bluefin Tuna Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Bluefish
Bluefish Description Bluefish Info c/o NEFSC | Bluefish Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Bluefish Info c/o ASMFC | Bluefish Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Brown Trout
Brown Trout Description  
Clams
  Shellfish Safety and Management
Cod
Atlantic Cod Description Multispecies Fishery | Cod Tagging Program c/o GMRI | Cod Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Cod Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Cunner
Cunner Description  
Cusk
Cusk Description Cusk Info c/o NEFSC
Dab
  see Plaice below
Dogfish
Spiny Dogfish Description Spiny Dogfish Info c/o NEFSC | Spiny Dogfish Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Spiny Dogfish Info c/o ASMFC | Dogfish Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Eelgrass
  Maps of Maine Eelgrass Beds
Eels and Elvers
  American Eel and Elver Info
Flounder
  see Windowpane, Witch, Winter, and Yellowtail Flounder below
Goosefish
Goosefish Description see Monkfish below
Green Crabs
  Green Crab Info
Groundfish (multispecies)
  Multispecies Fishery The species managed under the northeast multispecies fishery plan include: American Plaice, Atlantic Cod, Atlantic Halibut, Atlantic Wolffish, Haddock, Ocean Pout, Offshore Hake, Pollock, Red Hake, Redfish, Silver Hake, White Hake, Windowpane Flounder, Winter Flounder, Witch Flounder, and Yellowtail Flounder
Haddock
Haddock Description Multispecies Fishery | Haddock Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Haddock Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Hake
  see Offshore Hake, Red Hake, White Hake, and Whiting below
Halibut
Atlantic Halibut Description Maine Halibut Fishery | Multispecies Fishery | Halibut Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Herring
Atlantic Herring Description Maine Atlantic Herring Info | Atlantic Herring Info c/o NEFSC | Atlantic Herring Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Atlantic Herring Info c/o ASMFC | Atlantic Herring Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Horseshoe Crab
  Horseshoe Crab Info c/o ASMFC
Invasive Species
  Non-Native Invasive Marine Species in Maine | Green Crab | Asian Shore Crab | Chinese Mitten Crab
Lobsters
  Lobster Biology, Fishery, Management, and More!
Mackerel
Atlantic Mackerel Description Mackerel Info c/o NEFSC | Mackerel Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Mackerel Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Mako Shark
Shortfin Mako Shark Description Shortfin Mako Shark Info c/o NMFS FishWatch | also see Sharks below
Marine Mammals
  Marine Mammal Info, and Strandings | Whales
Menhaden
Atlantic Menhaden Description Atlantic Menhaden Info c/o ASMFC
Monkfish
Mussels
  Blue Mussel Fact Sheet | Shellfish Safety and Management | Aquaculture | Dragging Restrictions in Taunton Bay
Ocean Pout
Ocean Pout Description Multispecies Fishery | Ocean Pout Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Offshore Hake
  Multispecies Fishery | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Plaice (American), Dab
  Multispecies Fishery | American Plaice Info co NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Pollock
American Pollock Description Multispecies Fishery | Pollock Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Pollock Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Porbeagle Shark
Porbeagle Shark Description see Sharks below
Redfish
Redfish Description Multispecies Fishery | Redfish Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Red Hake
  Multispecies Fishery | Red Hake Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
River Herring
  see Alewife and Blueback Herring above
Rockweed
  Maine Rockweed Info
Salmon
Atlantic Salmon Description Maine Salmon Projects | Atlantic Salmon Info c/o NEFSC | Atlantic Salmon Fishery info c/o GARFO | Atlantic Salmon Info c/o NMFS FishWatch | Maine Aquaculture
Scallops
  Maine Sea Scallop Info | Sea Scallop Info c/o NEFSC | Sea Scallop Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Sea Scallop Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Sculpin
Longhorn Sculpin Description  
Sea Cucumbers
  Sea Cucumber Info
Sea Raven
Sea Urchins
  Green Sea Urchin Info
Seals
  Marine Mammal Info, and Strandings
Seaweed
  Maine Rockweed Info
Shad
American Shad Description Maine River Restoration Projects | Shad Info c/o NEFSC | Shad Info c/o ASMFC
Sharks
Blue Shark Description | Spiny Dogfish Description | Shortfin Mako Shark Description | Porbeagle Shark Description | Thresher Shark Description Recreational Fishing Info for Large Pelagics | Coastal Sharks Info c/o ASFMC | Shark Info c/o NOAA | also see Dogfish and Mako Sharks above and Thresher Shark below
Shrimp
  Northern Shrimp Info
Skate
Little Skate Description Skate Info (several species) c/o NEFSC | Skate Complex Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Smelt
Rainbow Smelt Description Rainbow Smelt Info | Smelt Info c/o NOAA OPR | ME-MA-NH Smelt Info
Striped Bass
Striped Bass Description Maine Striped Bass Assessment | Striped Bass Info c/o NEFSC | Striped Bass Info c/o ASMFC | Striped Bass Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Sturgeon
Atlantic Sturgeon Description Maine River Restoration Projects | Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon Info c/o NEFSC | Atlantic Sturgeon Info c/o ASMFC
Tautog
Tautog Description  
Thresher Shark
Thresher Shark Description Thresher Shark Info c/o NMFS FishWatch | also see Sharks above
Tomcod
  Atlantic Tomcod Species Profile, 1987, pdf file, 17 pages
Tunas
Bluefin Tuna Description Recreational Fishing Info for Large Pelagics | Tuna Info c/o NOAA | Tuna Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Whales
  Whale Info
Whelks
  Waved Whelk Info
White Hake
  Multispecies Fishery | White Hake Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Whiting
Silver Hake Description Multispecies Fishery | Silver Hake Info c/o NEFSC | Whiting Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Windowpane Flounder
  Multispecies Fishery | Windowpane Flounder Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Winter Flounder
Winter Flounder Description Multispecies Fishery | Winter Flounder Fishery info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Winter Flounder Info c/o ASMFC | Winter Flounder Info c/o NMFS FishWatch
Witch Flounder
  Multispecies Fishery | Witch Flounder Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Wolffish
Atlantic Wolffish Description Multispecies Fishery | Wolffish Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO
Yellowtail Flounder
  Multispecies Fishery | Yellowtail Flounder Info c/o NEFSC | Multispecies Fishery Info c/o GARFO | Yellowtail Flounder Info c/o NMFS FishWatch