Fish names and labelling fish for NZ and export markets
Find out about the labelling requirements for fish and fish products for human consumption in New Zealand or export markets. Find a list of approved and scientific fish names, and learn how to request a list update.
List of scientific names of fish
Find common, Māori, and scientific names of fish for both domestic and export markets in this document:
New Zealand list of scientific names of fish [PDF, 205 KB]
The requirements for fish names are from the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Fish names – labelling requirements for the New Zealand market
You must show the fish's scientific name on the outer (transportation) packaging of fish and fish products for human consumption.
Your retail packaging label does not need the scientific name. However, it must follow the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) code.
Fish names – labelling requirements for export markets
This document has a list of approved names of fish for export:
Approved fish names [PDF, 762 KB]
Changing or adding a name to the list of approved fish names
We work with the New Zealand Seafood Standards Council to approve fish names. Apply to the Ministry for Primary Industries if you want to change or add:
- a New Zealand common fish name
- an approved foreign fish name.
The procedure for selecting and approving fish names is in the Guidance document: Procedures for selecting NZ common fish names and approved foreign fish names [PDF, 485 KB]
Other labelling requirements
Fish product labels must also comply with:
- general labelling rules
- the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Who to contact
If you have questions about fish labelling requirements, email email@example.com