Download the Fish Names Application Form [DOC 112KB]

To prepare and submit your proposal, follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the Fish Names Project Manager if you need advice.
  2. Download Fish Names Committee Procedure [PDF 1.8MB]
  3. Discuss the fee payable with the FC secretariat – download the Schedule of Fees Payable [PDF 288KB]


Step 1: Confirm species identification
Talk to taxonomic experts or get advice from the Secretary

Step 2: Check if there is an existing SFN for the species
Search for the species on the searchable Fish Names Database

Step 3: If there is no exisiting name or the name that is listed is unsuitable, choose a candidate name
Take note of the Standard Fish Names Protocols when completing the Fish Names Application Form.>

Step 4: Prepare draft application
Prepare your draft application on the official Fish Names Application Form.

Step 5: Consult key fish name stakeholders who are affected by the application/ammendment
Email to who will distribute for feedback as well as the applicant conducting stakeholder consultation.

Step 6: Finalise application
Include and refine application as a result of the intial stakeholder consultation.

Step 7: Submit application
Submit your application to the Fish Names Project Manager.

The Secretariat assesses your application and determines when it is ready for evaluation by the Fish Names Committee. As part of this assessment, your application may be provided to fish names stakeholders comment, in which case you will be provided with a copy of any stakeholder comments received by FRDC. You may amend and resubmit your application to address any stakeholder comments.

Applicants need to clearly identify any 'Commercial-in Confidence" information that they may include in their application so this information can be excluded when the application is made available for stakeholder and public comment.