New England Fish & Seasonality 

Did you know that many fish are only available during certain seasons?

While some fish stay in New England all season long (including our groundfish), others only hang around in the area for a season or two before migrating somewhere else. 

That’s why you won't find fresh local striped bass during the winter and squid are only around for a handful of weeks in the spring. 

Below is a list of our local fish and their seasonality.  Want to learn new ways to cook and prepare our local fish? Check out our recipe page, too! 

Fish In Season


Dogfish, Bluefish and Scup. Also available during autumn, but can be vulnerable to overfishing, is swordfish, and the tunas


In Season
All Year Long


  • Skate
    Can eat the fins and the cheeks

  • Monkfish (also known as "Goosefish" or "Poor Man's Lobster")
    Can eat the loin and the cheeks

  • Hake

  • Acadian Redfish (also know as "Ocean Perch")

  • Dabs

  • Atlantic Pollock

  • Haddock


(well known & utilized)

  • Dry Sea Scallops

  • Steamers

  • Oysters

  • Atlantic Cod


Upcoming Seasons

(Fish in BOLD want more of your attention!)


Bay Scallops and Sea Urchin (also known as “Uni”)


Dogfish, Bluefish and Scup. Also available during autumn, but often overutilized, is Swordfish, and the Tunas


Bluefish,  Scup/Porgy, Squid


Tautog("Blackfish"), Black Sea Bass, Scup, Dogfish, Tilefish, Bluefish, and Striped Bass.  Also available during summer,  but sensitive to overfishing, is Yellowfin Tuna and Swordfish

These Are Our Local Fish!

These Are Our Local Fish!

These are #ourwickedfish !

New England Seafood Seasonal Availability Charts

Red's Best Availability Chart created by Red's Best of Boston and the Massachusetts Seafood Availability Chart, created by the Division of Marine Fisheries, makes it easy to choose a fish or shellfish according to the seasons! Print these charts out or refer to Our Wicked Fish for when you need a reminder 


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