Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

 

10’ x 10’ Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

41° 20.0’ N

71° 00.0’ W

41° 10.0’ N

71° 10.0’ W

 

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): The waters within the Atlantic Ocean north and east of Block Island three squares and south and east of Martha’s Vineyard two squares. There is a surface/subsurface testing area on the northeast side, and these waters are within the shipping traffic lanes to and from Buzzards Bay.

 

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

X

X

 

X

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

X

X

   

pollock (Pollachius virens)

       

whiting (Merluccius bilinearis)

X

X

X

X

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)

X

 

X

X

windowpane flounder (Scophthalmus aquosus)

X

X

X

X

American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides)

       

ocean pout (Macrozoarces americanus)

X

X

X

X

Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)

       

Atlantic sea herring (Clupea harengus)

 

X

X

X

monkfish (Lophius americanus)

X

X

 

bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)

     

X

long finned squid (Loligo pealeii)

n/a

n/a

   

short finned squid (Illex illecebrosus)

n/a

n/a

   

Atlantic butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus)

   

X

 

Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus)

X

X

X

X

summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus)

X

X

 

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

   

ocean quahog (Artica islandica)

n/a

n/a

   

spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias)

n/a

n/a

 

X

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

common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus)

 

X

X

X

blue shark (Prionace glauca)

 

X

X

X

dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)

   

X

 

shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)

   

X

 

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

   

X

X

bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

     

X