[Coral-List] Commercial fish species United States names in foreign languages

Georgina Bustamante gbustamante at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 11 16:16:37 EDT 2008

Dear Milton,

There is no such thing as a "Spanish name". In the US, fish common names
were standardized in 1980 (Nomenclator....) and published by the American
Fisheries Society, but in Latin American, common names are greatly variable,
among and within countries. You just have to choose the ones used (and
published) in one country (or region) and stick to them, unless you can
use/mention 3-5 names.

I use (and so suggest you to do it, as well) this publication:

"Ecology of the Marine Fishes of Cuba". 2002. Claro, K. Lindeman and L.
Parenti, eds., Smithsonian Institution Press" 

where you can find a list of marine fishes scientific and common names in
English and Spanish (for Cuba).

I guess it is even more difficult for Dutch names, since N Atlantic fish
species in Dutch-speaking territories (Netherland Antilles) may vary from
island to island. However, Netherland Antilles experts may be able to help

Since this is a frequent issue in the multi-lingual Caribbean region, I send
the message to the entire list. 

In addition, I am c.ciing this message to a friend and marine biologist in
Aruba that may be able to help you.

Georgina Bustamante, Ph.D.
Independent consultant 
Marine conservation and fisheries sciences
 "Disseminating knowledge and creating networks to promote
best marine management practices in Latin America and the Caribbean"
3800 N Hills Dr. #216
Hollywood, Florida 33021
tel/fax(request) +1 (954) 963-3626; alt tel. +1 305-2265548
mobile: +1 (305) 2976995
gbustamante at bellsouth.net 

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Subject: [Coral-List] Commercial fish species United States names in

I need the names of the commercial fish species sold in the USA in two
foreign languages, Dutch and Spanish.

I checked FishBase, CFSPAN on FDA and several other resources including FAO
but either the databases are excruciatingly slow, or not accessible, not
complete or non-existent.

How do I get hold of the list of approximately 125 species sold commercially
in the USA in Dutch and Spanish?

Milton Ponson, President
Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation
(Rainbow Warriors International)
Tel. +297 568 5908
PO Box 1154, Oranjestad 
Aruba, Dutch Caribbean 
Email: southern_caribbean at yahoo.com
Web Sites: http://www.southerncaribbean.org
http://www.rainbowwarriors.net (Global)
http://www.ecoaruba.com (Aruba)

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