Fish names and labelling fish for NZ and export markets

You must show the fish's scientific name on the outer (transportation) package of fish and fish products for human consumption. Your retail package label doesn't need the scientific name, but must follow the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) code or your export market's requirements.

Fish names – labelling requirements for the New Zealand market

You must label the outer packaging of fish and fish products intended for human consumption in New Zealand with the scientific fish name. This requirement applies to the outer packaging labels used for transporting the products, not the retail packaging labels. You can also display the common name on the outer packaging, although this is not a requirement.

MPI maintains a list of the scientific and common names of fish:

New Zealand list of scientific names of fish [PDF, 205 KB]

Fish names – labelling requirements for the export market

MPI maintains 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

MPI works with the New Zealand Seafood Standards Council to approve fish names. You can change or add a New Zealand common fish name or an approved foreign fish name by applying to MPI.

Learn about the procedure for selecting and approving fish names:

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You need to meet labelling requirements for fish names and fish products for the New Zealand market and, if you export, destination countries.

Fish products must also be labelled in accordance with the requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

General requirements for labelling food products

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