Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

41° 40.0 N

70° 40.0 W

41° 30.0 N

70° 50.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Atlantic Ocean waters within the square within Buzzards Bay affecting the following: west of Woods Hole, MA., surrounding from Hiller Cove south to Penzance and Woods Hole, MA., including Nonamesset Island, West Island, and the northern part of Naushon Island. Also affected are: Nasketucket Bay, Cormorant Rock, Nye Ledge, Mattapoisett Neck, south of Mattapoisett, MA., Cleveland Ledge, East Cleveland Ledge, a dumping ground west of West Falmouth, MA., a disposal area south of East Cleveland Ledge, Weepecket I., and Weepecket Rock.

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

X

X

X

X

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

X

X

   

pollock (Pollachius virens)

       

whiting (Merluccius bilinearis)

       

offshore hake (Merluccius albidus)

       

red hake (Urophycis chuss)

 

X

X

X

white hake (Urophycis tenuis)

       

redfish (Sebastes fasciatus)

n/a

     

witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus)

       

winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

X

X

X

X

yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea)

       

windowpane flounder (Scophthalmus aquosus)

X

X

X

X

American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides)

   

X

X

ocean pout (Macrozoarces americanus)

       

Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)

       

Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)

       

Atlantic sea herring (Clupea harengus)

   

X

X

monkfish (Lophius americanus)

     

bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)

   

X

X

long finned squid (Loligo pealeii)

n/a

n/a

X

X

short finned squid (Illex illecebrosus)

n/a

n/a

   

Atlantic butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus)

X

X

X

X

Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus)

X

X

X

X

summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus)

X

X

X

X

scup (Stenotomus chrysops)

X

X

X

X

black sea bass (Centropristis striata)

n/a

X

X

X

surf clam (Spisula solidissima)

n/a

n/a

X

X

ocean quahog (Artica islandica)

n/a

n/a

   

spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias)

n/a

n/a

   

tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps)

       

king mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla)

X

X

X

X

Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus)

X

X

X

X

cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

X

X

X

X

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

     

X

bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

   

X