Typically classified by the presence of gills, scales, and fins used for swimming, many species of finfish are popular for seafood consumers.

There are thousands of species of fish that can be found in the Gulf. These are some of the more common species that are commercially harvested. For more information detailed information on finfish species, visit NOAA FishWatch.


Common Finfish Species in the Gulf of Mexico


Black Drum
Drum, Red (“Redfish”)
Flounder, Southern
Grouper, Gag

Grouper, Red
Grouper, Yellowedge
Mackerel, King
Mackerel, Spanish
Red Snapper

Mullet, Striped
Snapper, Vermillion
Tilefish, Golden
Tuna, Yellowfin


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