All fish and seafood fall under a specific classification.

Finfish – Freshwater

Freshwater Fish
(fish that live in fresh waters)

Examples: catfish, lake trout, bluegill, perch, carp, pike, crappie, etc.

crappie

 

 
Saltwater Fish (fish that live in salt waters)

Round Fish

Examples: mackerel, salmon, snapper, weakfish, whiting, haddock, tuna, mahi mahi, whitefish.

whitefish

 

Flat Fish
(has eyes on one side of head, oval body shape)

Examples: sole, flounder, diamond turbot, halibut, sanddabs.

speckled-sanddab

Cartilaginous Fish
(has no bones, cartilage skeleton)

Example: shark, gray smoothhound.

gray-smoothhound

 

Shellfish and Mollusks

Univalve
(one shell)

Examples: conch, abalone, whelks.

abalone-1

Bivalve
(two shells)

Examples: clams, oysters, mussels.

mussels

Gastropods
(mollusk having a one-piece shell or no shells, usually move with one muscular ventral foot)

Examples: snails, limpets, slugs.

whelk

Crustaceans 
(having a shell with jointed appendages)

Examples: crayfish, crawfish, shrimp, lobster, prawns, snow crab, Dungeness crab, blue crab.

snow-crab

Cephalopods
(marina animal with a head and eyes, arms with suckers attached to head, fin bearing mantle)

Examples: squid, octopus, cuttlefish, Humboldt squid.

giant-squid

 

 

Photography by Executive Chef John Shelton. John’s motto is ‘release it unharmed or do it justice on the plate.’ He photographs ocean marine life when he fishes, and creates masterpieces in the kitchen with what he keeps on deck. When he’s not fishing, he’s making great BBQ

Renee Shelton enjoys writing about fish and testing recipes, and serves as webmaster for Dana Point Fish Company. When she’s not handling seafood or out fishing, she can be found in the bakeshop talking about pastry. Visit her at pastrysampler.com, or send her a message using the contact form above.