Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

42° 20.0 N

70° 40.0 W

42° 10.0 N

70° 50.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Waters within the Atlantic Ocean within Massachusetts Bay within the square east of Scituate., MA, and north and east of Cohasset, MA., affecting the following: east of from the North River, Marshfield, MA., to Straits Pond and Black Rock Beach in Cohasset, MA. Other features affected include: Herring River, Rivermoor, Third Cliff, Second Cliff, First Cliff, Scituate Harbor, Cedar Pt., Tar Pouch, Stellwagen Ledges, Collamore Ledge, Bates Rock, Jason Shoal, Davis Ledge, Cowens Rocks, Musquashcut Pond, N. Scituate Beach, Smith Rocks, Strawberry Pt., Minots Ledge, Cohasset Harbor, The Grampuses, Little Harbor, eastern Straits Pond, and Black Rocks. Also included is part of the Boston Harbor Shipping Traffic Lanes on the northeast corner.

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

X

X

X

X

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

X

     

pollock (Pollachius virens)

X

X

X

X

whiting (Merluccius bilinearis)

X

X

X

X

offshore hake (Merluccius albidus)

       

red hake (Urophycis chuss)

X

X

X

X

white hake (Urophycis tenuis)

X

X

X

X

redfish (Sebastes fasciatus)

n/a

     

witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus)

       

winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

X

X

X

X

yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea)

X

 

X

X

windowpane flounder (Scophthalmus aquosus)

X

X

X

X

American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides)

X

X

X

X

ocean pout (Macrozoarces americanus)

X

X

X

X

Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)

X

X

X

X

Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)

X

X

X

X

Atlantic sea herring (Clupea harengus)

 

X

X

X

monkfish (Lophius americanus)

X

X

 

X

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

X

X

Atlantic butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus)

X

X

X

X

Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus)

X

X

X

X

summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus)

     

X

scup (Stenotomus chrysops)

n/a

n/a

X

X

black sea bass (Centropristis striata)

n/a

 

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

 

X

tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps)

       

bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

   

X

X