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Marine and Anadromous Fish

Marine fish spend their entire life in salt water. Anadromous fish are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean to grow into adults, and then return to fresh water to spawn. We have jurisdiction over most marine and anadromous fish listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

humphead wrasse
Humphead Wrasse
(Cheilinus undulatus)
Photo: Brian Zgliczynski, NOAA

Chinook Salmon
Chinook Salmon
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
Photo: NOAA

smalltooth sawfish
Smalltooth Sawfish
(Pristis pectinata)
Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

(Sebastes paucispinis)
Photo: NOAA

sand tiger shark
Sand Tiger Shark
(Carcharias taurus)
Photo: NOAA's National Ocean Service

To view currently listed marine and anadromous fish under NMFS' jurisdiction, click here:

» Fish (Marine & Anadromous)

For information on other fish managed by NOAA Fisheries, such as commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries, visit the site of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries.

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Updated: June 29, 2017