Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

42° 30.0 N

70° 40.0 W

42° 20.0 N

70° 50.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Atlantic Ocean waters within Massachusetts Bay within the square one square north of Scituate, MA., and Cohasset, MA., and two squares east of Boston, MA. This is the beginning/ end of the Boston Harbor Shipping Traffic Lanes, and encompasses a discontinued dumping ground right at the entrance to the outbound shipping lane, and a disposal area on the middle of the northern boundary of the square along with another discontinued dumping ground just south of that disposal area. Also, the square encloses most of the precautionary pilot area. In addition, towards the middle of the square, the sewage outfall pipe diffusers from Deer Island, nine miles west, open up into the Bay. Finally, on the northwest corner are the waters within Marblehead Channel.

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

X

X

X

X

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

X

X

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

X

X

X

witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus)

X

X

 

X

winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

X

X

X

X

yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea)

X

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

 

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)

       

scup (Stenotomus chrysops)

n/a

n/a

X

X

black sea bass (Centropristis striata)

n/a

     

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

X

tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps)

       

bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

   

X

X