Local Species

Here in the Ocean State, we love our seafood. This species guide will help sort out the wide range of seafood landed in Rhode Island so you know what it looks like, when it’s around, and how it tastes!

RI Seafood FAQs

Rhode Island seafood is defined as all seafood (marine species) landed in Rhode Island and grown in Rhode Island waters

Rhode Island seafood is abundant, diverse, and readily available. Annual total landings approach 100 million pounds. That total includes dozens of species – many types of finfish, such as summer flounder and black sea bass; many types of shellfish, such as quahogs, oysters, and scallops; lobsters, crabs, squid, and much more. View weekly updates on what’s landed in Rhode Island. Find monthly projections of what is likely to be available.

From any licensed seafood retailer in RI. that offers RI seafood for sale. See our RI Seafood Finder for venues and locations throughout the state.

  • It’s the highest quality seafood available in RI
  • It’s fresh, healthy and delicious
  • It’s diverse, offering many choices
  • It’s readily available year-round
  • It’s generally affordable
  • It comes from well-managed, sustainable fisheries
  • It supports our hard-working local fishermen and shellfish farmers
  • It supports a strong, sustainable and resilient local food system
  • It serves as an engine for our local economy
  • RI seafood sold in RI has a low carbon footprint and is thus climate-friendly

The brand – trademarked and backed by regulation – is the flagship for RI seafood and the marketing campaign. It is used to promote RI seafood and distinguish it in the marketplace. It is available for use by all sellers of RI seafood. Learn more here.