Species codes for commercial fishing

Use species codes when reporting catch, landings, receipts and activities. Find a list of fisheries species codes sorted by class.

When to use fisheries species codes

Use these species codes for fisheries reporting and administration, including:

  • applying for a fishing permit
  • reporting fish catch
  • reporting fishing effort
  • recording fish landing or receipt.

If you can't find a code

For unlisted species, you must:

  • record the species as 'UNI'
  • find the correct scientific name for the species
  • report the name to Fisheries New Zealand, we'll confirm the details and create a new species code.

Report species without a code by emailing info@mpi.govt.nz

Species codes by class

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Anemones and jellyfish (cnidarians)

Sub-class

Preferred common name

Scientific name

Species code

General

Anemones

Actiniaria, Ceriantharia, Corallimorpharia and Zoanthidea (orders)

ANT

General

Jellyfish (unspecified)

N/A

JFI

General

Smooth deepsea anemones

Actinostolidae (family)

ACS

Crustaceans

Sub-class

Preferred common name

Scientific name

Species code

Crab

Antlered crab

Dagnaudus petterdi

DAP

Crab

Cancer crab

Cancer novaezelandiae

CAC

Crab

Crab (unspecified)

N/A

CRB

Crab

Deep-sea spider crab

Vitjazmaia latidactyla

VIT

Crab

Dwarf swimming crab

Liocarcinus corrugatus

LCO

Crab

Giant masking crab

Leptomithrax australis

SSC

Crab

Giant spider crab

Jacquinotia edwardsii

GSC

Crab

Hairy red swimming crab

Nectocarcinus antarcticus

NCA

Crab

King crab

Lithodes murrayi, Neolithodes brodiei

KIC

Crab

Masking crabs

Leptomithrax spp.

LMI

Crab

Paddle crab

Ovalipes catharus

PAD

Crab

Pagurid

Paguroidea (family)

PAG

Crab

Red crab

Chaceon bicolor

CHC

Crab

Red rock crab

Guinusia chabrus

REC

Crab

Smooth red swimming crab

Nectocarcinus bennetti

NCB

Crab

Spider crabs (unspecified)

N/A

SPI

Crab

Swimming crab

Ovalipes molleri

OVM

Crab

Swimming crabs

Portunidae (family)

SWC

Crab

Triangle crab

Eurynolambrus australis

TRC

Crab

Tunnelling mud crab

Helice crassa

HCR

Decapod

Brine shrimp

Artemia salina

ART

Decapod

Jack-knife prawn

Haliporoides sibogae

HSI

Decapod

Koura

Paranephrops planifrons, Paranephrops zealandicus

KOU

Decapod

Koura, northern

Paranephrops planifrons

KPP

Decapod

Koura, southern

Paranephrops zealandicus

KPZ

Decapod

Munida gregaria

Munida gregaria

MUN

Decapod

Omega prawn

Lipkius holthuisi

LHO

Decapod

Penaeus prawns

Penaeus spp.

PEN

Decapod

Prawn (unspecified)

N/A

PRA

Decapod

Royal red prawn

Aristaeomorpha foliacea

AFO

Decapod

Sabre prawn

Campylonotus rathbunae

CAM

Decapod

Scampi

Metanephrops challengeri

SCI

Decapod

Scarlet prawn

Aristaeopsis edwardsiana

PED

Decapod

Squilla armata

Squilla armata

SAR

General

Krill, squat lobsters

Munida spp.

MNI

Lobster

Packhorse rock lobster

Jasus verreauxi

PHC

Lobster

Prawn killer

Ibacus alticrenatus

PRK

Lobster

Shovelnosed lobster

Scyllarus sp.

SHL

Lobster

Slipper lobsters

Scyllaridae (family)

SLL

Lobster

Spanish lobster

Arctides antipodarum

SLO

Lobster

Spiny red rock lobster

Jasus edwardsii

CRA

Echinoderms

Sub-class

Preferred common name

Scientific name

Species code

General

Brittle stars, basket stars

Ophiuroidea (class)

OPH

General

Kina

Evechinus chloroticus

SUR

General

Purple-heart urchin

Spatangus multispinus

SPT

General

Sea cucumber

Stichopus mollis

SCC

General

Sea cucumber (other than Stichopus mollis)

Holothuroidea (class)

HTH

General

Sea urchin other (other than Kina)

N/A

URO

General

Sladen's star

Mediaster sladeni

MSL

General

Starfish

Asteroidea and Ophiuroidea (classes)

SFI

General

Tam O'Shanter urchins

Echinothuriidae and Phormosomatidae (families)

TAM

General

Trojan star

Hippasteria phrygiana

HTR

Fish – sub-class billfish

Preferred common name

Scientific name

Species code

Black marlin

Makaira indica

BKM

Blue marlin

Makaira mazara

BEM

Marlin

Istiophoridae (family)

MAR

Sailfish

Istiophorus platypterus

SAI

Shortbill spearfish

Tetrapturus angustirostris

SSF

Striped marlin

Tetrapturus audax

STM

Swordfish

Xiphias gladius

SWO

Fish – sub-class Chimaeras

Preferred common name

Scientific name

Species code

Chimaera spp.

Chimaera spp.

CHI

Chimaera, purple

Chimaera sp.

CHP

Elephant fish

Callorhinchus milii

ELE

Ghost shark

Hydrolagus novaezealandiae

GSH

Hydrolagus spp.

Hydrolagus spp.

HYD

Long-nosed chimaera

Harriotta raleighana

LCH

Pale ghost shark

Hydrolagus bemisi

GSP

Pointynose blue ghost shark

Hydrolagus trolli

HYP

Purple chimaera

Chimaera lignaria

CHG

Widenosed chimaera

Rhinochimaera pacifica

RCH

Fish – sub-class flatfish

Preferred common name

Scientific name

Species code

Black flounder

Rhombosolea retiaria

BFL

Brill

Colistium guntheri

BRI

Finless flounder

Neoachiropsetta milfordi

MAN

Flatfish

N/A

FLA

Greenback flounder

Rhombosolea tapirina

GFL

Lefteyed flounders

Bothidae (family)

BOT

Lemon sole

Pelotretis flavilatus

LSO

NZ sole

Peltorhamphus novaezeelandiae

ESO

Sand flounder

Rhombosolea plebeia

SFL

Slender sole

Peltorhamphus tenuis

SLS

Spotted flounder

Azygopus pinnifasciatus

SDF

Turbot

Colistium nudipinnis

TUR

Witch

Arnoglossus scapha

WIT

Yellowbelly flounder

Rhombosolea leporina

YBF

Fish – sub-class freshwater

Preferred common name

Scientific name

Species code

Alpine galaxias

Galaxias paucispondylus

ALG

Banded kokopu

Galaxias fasciatus

BKO

Black mudfish

Neochanna diversus

BCM

Bluegill bully

Gobiomorphus hubbsi

BGB

Brook char

Salvelinus fontinalis

BKC

Brown bullhead catfish

Ameiurus nebulosus

CAT

Brown mudfish

Neochanna apoda

BNM

Brown trout

Salmo trutta

BTR

Bully

Eleotridae (family)

BUL

Burgundy mudfish

Neochanna heleios

NLM

Canterbury galaxias

Galaxias vulgaris

CNG

Canterbury mudfish

Neochanna burrowsius

CBM

Common bully

Gobiomorphus cotidianus

GCO

Common smelt

Retropinna retropinna

SME

Cran's bully

Gobiomorphus basalis

CBU

Dart goby

Parioglossus marginalis

DTG

Dune Lakes galaxias

Galaxias gracilis

DFI

Dusky galaxias

Galaxias pullus

DSG

Dwarf galaxias

Galaxias divergens

DFG

Eldon's galaxias

Galaxias eldoni

ELG

Galaxiid (adult)

Galaxiidae (adult)(family)

GLX

Giant bully

Gobiomorphus gobioides

GGO

Giant kokopu

Galaxias argenteus

GKO

Goldfish

Carassius auratus

CAU

Gollum galaxias

Galaxias gollumoides

GMG

Grass carp

Ctenopharyngodon idella

GRP

Inanga

Galaxias maculatus

GMA

Koaro

Galaxias brevipinnis

KOA

Koi carp

Cyprinus carpio

KOI

Long-finned freshwater eel

Anguilla dieffenbachii

LFE

Otago roundhead galaxias

Galaxias anomalus

RHG

Perch

Perca fluviatilis

FLU

Rainbow trout

Oncorhynchus mykiss

RTR

Redfin bully

Gobiomorphus huttoni

RFB

Rudd

Scardinius erythrophthalmus

RDD

Sailfin molly

Poecilia latipinna

SFM

Short-finned freshwater eel

Anguilla australis, Anguilla reinhardtii

SFE

Shortjawed kokopu

Galaxias postvectis

SKO

Silver carp

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

SRP

Stokells smelt

Stokellia anisodon

STK

Taieri flathead galaxias

Galaxias depressiceps

FHG

Tarndale bully

Gobiomorphus alpinus

TDB

Tench

Tinca tinca

TNC

Torrentfish

Cheimarrichthys fosteri

CHF

Upland bully

Gobiomorphus breviceps

ULB

Upland longjaw galaxias

Galaxias prognathus

LJG

Whitebait

Family galaxiidae (juvenile)

WHI

Fish – sub-class general
Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Alert pigfish Alertichthys blacki API
Alfonsino and long-finned beryx Beryx splendens, Beryx decadactylus BYX
Anchovy Engraulis australis ANC
Antarctic rock cods Paranotothenia spp. NOT
Antarctic toothfish Dissostichus mawsoni ATO
Atlantic salmon Salmo salar ATS
Banded bellowsfish Centriscops humerosus BBE
Banded wrasse Notolabrus fucicola BPF
Barracouta Thyrsites atun BAR
Barracuda Sphyraena novaehollandiae BDA
Barracudina Magnisudis prionosa BCA
Barracudinas Paralepididae (Family) PAL
Bass Polyprion americanus BAS
Bathophilus filifer Bathophilus filifer BFI
Bellowsfish Centriscops spp. BEL
Benthosema suborbitale Benthosema suborbitale BSU
Big-scale pomfret Taractichthys longipinnis BSP
Bigscaled brown slickhead Alepocephalus australis SBI
Black anglerfish N/A BAF
Black barracouta Nesiarchus nasutus BBA
Black cod Paranotothenia magellanica BCD
Black oreo Allocyttus niger BOE
Black slickhead Xenodermichthys spp. BSL
Blobfish Psychrolutes sp. PSY
Blue cod Parapercis colias BCO
Blue cusk eel Brotulotaenia crassa BCR
Blue maomao Scorpis violacea BMA
Blue moki Latridopsis ciliaris MOK
Bluefish Girella cyanea BLU
Bluenose Hyperoglyphe antarctica BNS
Blunthead bristlemouth Margrethia obtusirostra MOB
Bonyskull toadfish Cottunculus nudus COT
Borostomias antarcticus Borostomias antarcticus BAN
Borostomias mononema Borostomias mononema BMO
Boxfish Ostracion cubicus BOX
Brown brotula Cataetyx niki CAN
Brown stargazer Xenocephalus armatus BRZ
Butterfish Odax pullus BUT
Butterfly perch Caesioperca lepidoptera BPE
Cape cubehead Cubiceps capensis CCP
Cape scorpionfish Trachyscorpia capensis TRS
Capro dory Capromimus abbreviatus CDO
Cardinal fish Epigonus telescopus CDL
Cardinal fish, bigeye Epigonus lenimen EPL
Cardinal fish, robust Epigonus robustus EPR
Cardinal fish, white Epigonus denticulatus EPD
Centrolophidae Centrolophidae (family) CPD
Cod (unspecified) N/A COD
Codlet Bregmaceros macclellandi BRE
Common roughy Paratrachichthys trailli RHY
Common warehou Seriolella brama WAR
Convict groper Epinephelus octofasciatus CGR
Copper moki Latridopsis forsteri CMO
Crested bellowsfish Notopogon lilliei CBE
Crested weedfish Cristiceps aurantiacus CRW
Cubeheads Cubiceps spp. CUB
Cucumber fish Chlorophthalmus nigripinnis CUC
Dark toadfish Neophrynichthys latus TOD
Dealfish Trachipterus trachypterus DEA
Deepsea flathead Hoplichthys haswelli FHD
Deepsea pigfish Congiopodus coriaceus DSP
Deepsea smelt Bathylagus spp. DSS
Discfish Diretmus argenteus DIS
Dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus DOF
Emperor Lethrinidae (family) EMP
Escolar Lepidocybium flavobrunneum LEP
Estuarine triplefin Grahamina nigripenne GNI
Estuary stargazer Leptoscopus macropygus ESZ
Eucla cod Euclichthys polynemus EUC
Eyebrow seaperch Hypoplectrodes sp. A. EBP
False frostfish Paradiplospinus gracilis PDS
Fanfish Pterycombus petersii FAN
Feeler fish Bathypterois longifilis BLO
Fish (code used in feeding studies) N/A FIS
Flying fish Exocoetidae (family) FLY
Forsterygion spp. Forsterygion sp. FOR
Fox fish Bodianus sp. FOX
Frostfish Lepidopus caudatus FRO
Frostfishes Trichiuridae (family) FRX
Garfish Hyporhamphus ihi GAR
Gemfish Rexea spp. SKI
Giant grenadier cod Tripterophycis svetovidovi GRG
Giant lepidion Lepidion schmidti, Lepidion inosimae LEG
Giant stargazer Kathetostoma spp. STA
Girdled wrasse Notolabrus cinctus GPF
Gobies Gobiidae (Family) GBI
Grenadier cod Tripterophycis gilchristi GRC
Grey mullet Mugil cephalus GMU
Gurnard Chelidonichthys kumu GUR
Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus HAG
Hake Merluccius australis HAK
Hapuku Polyprion oxygeneios HAP
Hapuku and bass Polyprion oxygeneios, Polyprion americanus HPB
Hoki Macruronus novaezelandiae HOK
Icefishes Channichthyidae (family) ICX
Jack mackerel Trachurus declivis, Trachurus murphyi, Trachurus novaezelandiae JMA
Japanese gurnard Pterygotrigla picta JGU
John dory Zeus faber JDO
Johnson's cod Halargyreus johnsonii HJO
Kahawai Arripis trutta, Arripis xylabion KAH
Kali indica Kali indica KAI
Kelpfish Chironemus marmoratus KEL
Kingfish Seriola lalandi KIN
Koheru Decapterus koheru KOH
Krefftichthys anderssoni Krefftichthys anderssoni KAN
Laemonema spp. Laemonema spp. LAE
Lamprey Geotria australis LAM
Lancetfish Alepisaurus ferox LAT
Lanternfish Myctophidae (family) LAN
Leatherjacket Meuschenia scaber LEA
Lighthouse fish Photichthys argenteus PHO
Ling Genypterus blacodes LIN
Long-finned boarfish Zanclistius elevatus LFB
Lookdown dory Cyttus traversi LDO
Loosejaws Malacosteidae (family) MAL
Louvar Luvaris imperialis LOU
Luciosudis normani Luciosudis normani LUC
Lyconus sp. Lyconus sp. LYC
Mackerels N/A MAC
Manefish Caristius sp. CST
Maomao (unspecified) N/A MAO
Marblefish Aplodactylus arctidens GTR
Mirror dory Zenopsis nebulosa MDO
Moonfish Lampris guttatus MOO
Moray cod Muraenolepis marmoratus MUR
Moray cods Muraenolepididae (Family) MRL
Morids Moridae (Family) MOD
Mullet (unspecified) N/A MUU
Northern bastard cod Pseudophycis breviuscula BRC
Northern splendid perch Callanthias australis NSP
Oarfish Regalecus glesne OAR
Oblong sunfish Ranzania laevis OBS
Ocean blue-eye Schedophilus velaini SEL
Oilfish Ruvettus pretiosus OFH
Opah Lampris immaculatus PAH
Opalfish Hemerocoetes spp. OPA
Orange perch Lepidoperca aurantia OPE
Orange roughy Hoplostethus atlanticus ORH
Ox-eye oreo Oreosoma atlantica OXO
Pale toadfish Neophrynichthys angustus TOP
Parore Girella tricuspidata PAR
Parrotfish Other than Pseudolabrus sp. POT
Patagonian toothfish Dissostichus eleginoides PTO
Pelagic butterfish Schedophilus maculatus SUM
Persparsia kopua Persparsia kopua PER
Pigfish Congiopodus leucopaecilus PIG
Pilchard Sardinops sagax PIL
Pilot fish Naucrates ductor PIF
Pink frogmouth Chaunax pictus CHX
Pink maomao Caprodon longimanus PMA
Pipefish Syngnathidae (family) PIP
Plunderfish Pogonophryne permitini PGR
Porae Nemadactylus douglasii POR
Porcupine fish Tragulichthys jaculiferus POP
Protomyctophum spp. Protomyctophum spp. PRO
Pufferfish Sphoeroides pachygaster PUF
Quinnat salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha SAM
Ragfish Icichthys australis RAG
Ray's bream Brama brama RBM
Red banded perch Hypoplectrodes huntii RBP
Red cod Pseudophycis bachus RCO
Red moki Cheilodactylus spectabilis RMO
Red mullet Upeneichthys lineatus RMU
Red perch Unspecified RPE
Red Pigfish Bodianus vulpinus RPI
Red scorpion fish Scorpaena cardinalis, Scorpaena papillosus RRC
Red scorpion fish Scorpaena papillosus RSC
Red snapper Centroberyx affinis RSN
Redbait Emmelichthys nitidus RBT
Regan's lanternfish Diaphus regani DRE
Ribaldo Mora moro RIB
Ribbonfish Agrostichthys parkeri AGR
Rock cod Lotella rhacina ROC
Rosy dory Cyttopsis rosea RDO
Rough pomfret Taractes asper TAS
Roughies Trachichthyidae (family) TRA
Rubyfish Plagiogeneion rubiginosum RBY
Rudderfish Centrolophus niger RUD
Sand stargazer Crapatalus novaezelandiae SAZ
Sandfish Gonorynchus forsteri, Gonorynchus greyi GON
Saury Scomberesox saurus SAU
Scabbardfish Benthodesmus sp. BEN
Scaleless black dragonfishes Melanostomiidae (family) MST
Scaly gurnard Lepidotrigla brachyoptera SCG
Scaly stargazer Pleuroscopus pseudodorsalis PLZ
Scarlet wrasse Pseudolabrus miles SPF
Scissortail Psenes pellucidus PSP
Scopelosaurus sp. Scopelosaurus sp. SPL
Sea perch Helicolenus sp. SPE
Seadevil Cryptopsaras couesi SDE
Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis SHO
Shortsnouted lancetfish Alepisaurus brevirostris ABR
Silver dory Cyttus novaezealandiae SDO
Silver drummer Kyphosus sydneyanus DRU
Silver roughy Hoplostethus mediterraneus SRH
Silver warehou Seriolella punctata SWA
Silverside Argentina elongata SSI
Slender roughy Optivus elongatus SLR
Slickhead Alepocephalidae (family) SLK
Slickheads Rouleina spp. BAT
Small eye moray cod Muraenolepis microps SEM
Small-headed cod Lepidion microcephalus SMC
Smallscaled brown slickhead Alepocephalus antipodianus SSM
Smallscaled cod Paranotothenia microlepidota SCD
Smooth oreo Pseudocyttus maculatus SSO
Snake mackerel Gempylus serpens GSE
Snapper Pagrus auratus SNA
Snipefish Macroramphosus scolopax SNI
Sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka SOS
Southern bastard cod Pseudophycis barbata SBR
Southern blue whiting Micromesistius australis SBW
Southern boarfish Pseudopentaceros richardsoni SBO
Sowfish Paristiopterus labiosus BOA
Spikefish Macrorhamphosodes uradoi SPK
Spiky oreo Neocyttus rhomboidalis SOR
Spiny Seadragon Solegnathus spinosissimus SDR
Spinyfin Diretmichthys parini SFN
Splendid perch Callanthias allporti SPP
Spotted stargazer Genyagnus monopterygius SPZ
Spotty Notolabrus celidotus STY
Sprats Sprattus antipodum, Sprattus muelleri SPR
Squaretail Tetragonurus cuvieri TET
Squirrelfish Pristilepis oligolepis SQI
Stargazer (Unspecified) Uranoscopidae spp. STG
Striped boarfish Evistias acutirostris STB
Sunfish Mola mola SUN
Sweep Scorpis lineolatus SWE
Tarakihi Nemadactylus macropterus, Nemadactylus sp. (King tarakihi) TAR
Tasmanian ruffe Tubbia tasmanica TUB
Telescope fish Mendosoma lineatum TEL
Tinselfish Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi TIN
Toadfish Neophrynichthys spp. TOA
Trevally Pseudocaranx georgianus TRE
Tripod fish Bathypterois spp. TRI
Trumpeter Latris lineata TRU
Unicornfish Lophotus capellei LCA
Unidentified fish N/A UNI
Violet cod Antimora rostrata VCO
Viper fish Chauliodus sloani CHA
Warty oreo Allocyttus verrucosus WOE
Wavy line perch Lepidoperca tasmanica WLP
White brotula Cataetyx sp. CAX
White warehou Seriolella caerulea WWA
Wingfish Pteraclis velifera WIN
Wrasses Labridae (family) WSE
Yellow boarfish Pentaceros decacanthus YBO
Yellow cod Parapercis gilliesi YCO
Yellow spotted gurnard Pterygotrigla pauli YSG
Yellow-eyed mullet Aldrichetta forsteri YEM
Fish – sub-class Macrouridae
Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Banded rattail Coelorinchus fasciatus CFA
Bollons rattail Coelorinchus bollonsi CBO
Codheaded rattail Bathygadus cottoides BAC
Cosmopolitan Rattail Coryphaenoides armatus COM
Javelinfish Lepidorhynchus denticulatus JAV
Macrourus whitsoni Macrourus whitsoni WGR
Mahia rattail Coelorinchus matamua CMA
Olivers rattail Coelorinchus oliverianus COL
Rattails Macrouridae (family) RAT
Ridge scaled rattail Macrourus carinatus MCA
Unicorn rattail Trachyrincus sp. WHX
White rattail Trachyrincus longirostris WHR
Fish – sub-class marine eels
Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Basketwork eel Diastobranchus capensis BEE
Conger eel Conger spp. CON
Cutthroat eels (not basketwork eels) Synaphobranchidae (family) SYN
Deepwater eel (unspecified) N/A DWE
Eels, marine (unspecified) N/A EEL
Gulper eel Eurypharynx pelecanoides GUL
Hairy conger Bassanago hirsutus HCO
Moray eel Muraenidae (family) MOR
Silver conger Gnathophis habenatus SEE
Snake eel Ophisurus serpens OSE
Snubnosed eel Simenchelys parasitica SNE
Spineback Notacanthus sexspinis SBK
Swollenhead conger Bassanago bulbiceps SCO
Yellow moray eel Gymnothorax prasinus MOY
Fish – sub-class rays and skates
Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Amblyraja georgiana Amblyraja georgiana SRR
Deepwater spiny skate Amblyraja hyperborea DSK
Eagle ray Myliobatis tenuicaudatus EGR
Eaton's skate Bathyraja eatoni BEA
Electric ray Typhlonarke spp. BER
Electric ray Torpedo fairchildi ERA
Longnosed deepsea skate Bathyraja shuntovi PSK
Long-tailed skate Arhynchobatis asperrimus LSK
Pelagic stingray Dasyatis guileri DAS
Rays Torpedinidae, Narkidae, Dasyatidae, Myliobatidae, Mobulidae (families) RAY
Rough skate Zearaja nasuta RSK
Short-tailed black ray Dasyatis brevicaudata BRA
Skate, Other Rajidae (family) OSK
Smooth skate Dipturus innominatus SSK
Stingray (unspecified) N/A STR
Whiptail ray Dasyatis thetidis WRA
Fish – sub-class sharks and dogfish
Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Baxter's lantern dogfish Etmopterus baxteri ETB
Bigeye thresher Alopias superciliosus BET
Blackbelly lantern shark Etmopterus molleri EMO
Blue shark Prionace glauca BWS
Broadnose sevengill shark Notorynchus cepedianus SEV
Bronze whaler shark Carcharhinus brachyurus BWH
Carpet shark Cephaloscyllium isabellum CAR
Cat shark Apristurus spp. APR
Cat shark Other than Apristurus spp. CSH
Dawson's cat shark Halaelurus dawsoni DCS
Deepsea sharks Centroscymnus spp. CEN
Deepwater dogfish (unspecified) N/A DWD
Etmopterus spp. Etmopterus spp. ETM
Frill shark Chlamydoselachus anguineus FRS
Hammerhead shark Sphyrna zygaena HHS
Leafscale gulper shark Centrophorus squamosus CSQ
Little sleeper shark Somniosus rostratus SOM
Longnose velvet dogfish Centroscymnus crepidater CYP
Lucifer dogfish Etmopterus lucifer ETL
Mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus MAK
McMillan's cat shark Parmaturus macmillani PCS
Northern spiny dogfish Squalus griffini NSD
Pacific sleeper shark Somniosus pacificus SOP
Plunket's shark Centroscymnus plunketi PLS
Porbeagle shark Lamna nasus POS
Portuguese dogfish Centroscymnus coelolepis CYL
Prickly dogfish Oxynotus bruniensis PDG
Prickly shark Echinorhinus cookei ECO
Rig Mustelus lenticulatus SPO
Rough shovelnose dogfish Deania histricosa SNR
Roughskin dogfish Scymnodon macracanthus SCM
School shark Galeorhinus galeus SCH
Seal shark Dalatias licha BSH
Sharks and dogfish not otherwise specified* Selachii (order) OSD
Sharpnose sevengill shark Heptranchias perlo HEP
Sherwood's dogfish Scymnodalatias sherwoodi SHE
Shovelnose dogfish Deania calcea SND
Sixgill shark Hexanchus griseus HEX
Slender smooth-hound Gollum attenuatus SSH
Smooth lanternshark Etmopterus pusillus ETP
Smooth skin dogfish Centroscymnus owstoni CYO
Spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias SPD
Thresher shark Alopias vulpinus THR
Tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier TIS
Velvet dogfish Zameus squamulosus ZAS

*Schedule 3, Part 2, Reporting Regulations 2001 – NZ Legislation website

Fish – sub-class tuna
Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Albacore tuna Thunnus alalunga ALB
Bigeye tuna Thunnus obesus BIG
Blue mackerel Scomber australasicus EMA
Butterfly tuna Gasterochisma melampus BTU
Frigate tuna Auxis thazard FTU
Northern bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus NTU
Pacific bluefin tuna Thunnus orientalis TOR
Skipjack tuna Katsuwonus pelamis SKJ
Slender tuna Allothunnus fallai STU
Southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii STN
Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri WAH
Yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares YFN
Molluscs
Sub-class Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Bivalves Cockle Austrovenus stutchburyi COC
Bivalves Deepwater clam Panopea zelandica PZL
Bivalves Euciroa galatheae Euciroa galatheae EGA
Bivalves Freshwater mussel Cucumerunio websteri CWE
Bivalves Freshwater mussel Hyridella menziesii HME
Bivalves Frilled venus shell Bassina yatei BYA
Bivalves Green-lipped mussel Perna canaliculus MSG
Bivalves Green-lipped mussel (spat) Perna canaliculus MSP
Bivalves Horse mussel Atrina zelandica HOR
Bivalves Lance mactra Resania lanceolata RLA
Bivalves Large dog cockle Tucetona laticostata DCK
Bivalves Large trough shell Mactra murchisoni MMI
Bivalves Mussels (unspecified) N/A MUS
Bivalves Otter clam Zenatia acinaces OTT
Bivalves Oysters, dredge (except Foveaux Strait) Ostrea chilensis OYS
Bivalves Oysters, dredge (Foveaux Strait) Ostrea chilensis OYU
Bivalves Oysters, dredge (spat) Ostrea chilensis DOS
Bivalves Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas POY
Bivalves Pacific oyster spat Crassostrea gigas OSP
Bivalves Pipi Paphies australis PPI
Bivalves Queen scallop Zygochlamys delicatula QSC
Bivalves Ringed dosinia Dosinia anus DAN
Bivalves Scallop Pecten novaezelandiae SCA
Bivalves Scallop spat Pecten novaezelandiae SSP
Bivalves Silky dosinia Dosinia subrosea DSU
Bivalves Southern tuatua Paphies donacina PDO
Bivalves Sunset shells Psammobiidae (family) SNS
Bivalves Toheroa Paphies ventricosa TOH
Bivalves Triangle shell Spisula aequilatera SAE
Bivalves Trough shell Mactra discors MDI
Bivalves Tuatua Paphies subtriangulata TUA
Octopus Deepwater octopus Amphitretus sp. AMP
Octopus Deepwater octopus Graneledone sp. DWO
Octopus Octopus Pinnoctopus cordiformis OCT
Octopus Paper nautilus Argonauta nodosa ARN
Octopus Umbrella octopus Opisthoteuthis spp. OPI
Squid Arrow squid Nototodarus sloanii, Nototodarus gouldi SQU
Squid Broad squid Sepioteuthis australis BSQ
Squid Enoploteuthis squid Enoploteuthis spp. ESQ
Squid Giant squid Architeuthis sp. GSQ
Squid Ommastrephes bartrami Ommastrephes bartrami RSQ
Squid Squid (Unspecified) N/A SQX
Squid Todarodes filippovae Todarodes filippovae TSQ
Squid Violet squid Histioteuthis spp. VSQ
Squid Warty squid Onykia ingens MIQ
Squid Warty squid Onykia robsoni MRQ
Squid Warty squid Onykia spp. WSQ
Univalves Aeneator recens Aeneator recens AER
Univalves Blackpaua & yellowfoot paua Haliotis iris, Haliotis australis PAU
Univalves Blackfoot paua Haliotis iris PAI
Univalves Calliostoma turnerarum Calliostoma turnerarum CTN
Univalves Cats eye Turbo smaragdus LUN
Univalves Chiton Chitonidae (family) CHT
Univalves Circular saw shell Astraea heliotropium ASH
Univalves Cook's turban shell Cookia sulcata CTU
Univalves Fusitriton magellanicus Fusitriton magellanicus FMA
Univalves Golden volute Provocator mirabilis GVO
Univalves Knobbed whelk Austrofusus glans KWH
Univalves Large ostrich foot Struthiolaria papulosa LOF
Univalves Limpets N/A LIM
Univalves Purple-mouthed whelk Cominella glandiformis PMW
Univalves Sea hare Aplysiomorpha (order) SHR
Univalves Sea slug Scutus breviculus SLG
Univalves Siphon whelk Penion cuvierianus and Penion sulcatus SIW
Univalves Speckled whelk Cominella adspersa SWK
Univalves Virgin paua Haliotis virginea PAV
Univalves Volute Volutidae (family) VOL
Univalves Whelks N/A WHE
Univalves Yellowfoot paua Haliotis australis PAA
Seaweed
Sub-class Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
General Agar weed Pterocladia lucida, Pterocladia capillacea PTE
General Bladder kelp Macrocystis pyrifera KBB
General Bull kelp Durvillea spp. KBL
General Ecklonia Ecklonia radiata ECK
General Gigartina Gigartina spp. GGA
General Gracilaria weed Gracilaria chilensis GRA
General Lessonia Lessonia variegata LES
General Porphyra Porphyra spp. PRP
General Sea lettuce Ulva spp. ULV
General Seaweed N/A SEO
General Wakame Undaria pinnatifida UND
Worms
Sub-class Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
Polycheate Onuphid Onuphidae (family) ONU
Zooplankton and phytoplankton
Sub-class Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
General Salps N/A SAL
General Stomatopod Squilla sp. ZSQ
Other
Sub-class Preferred common name Scientific name Species code
General Sea tulip Pyura pachydermatina TUL
No subclass Watercress Nasturtium officinale, Nasturtium microphyllum WAT

Other species code resources

FishServe – a company that provides administrative services on Fisheries New Zealand's behalf to the fishing industry – provides a handy search tool and alphabetical lists of species codes.

Who to contact

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