Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

39° 00.0 N

74° 50.0 W

38° 50.0 N

75° 00.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Waters within the square within the Atlantic Ocean surrounding Cape May, N.J., from east of Wildwood Crest, NJ., south around the tip past Cape May Inlet, Sewell Pt., Cape May, NJ., Cape May Pt., Cape May Canal, up to just north of North Cape May, NJ. The waters within this square affect THE New Jersey Inland Bay estuary and the following as well: Overfalls Shoal, Eph Shoal, McCrie Shoal, Prissy Wicks Shoal, Middle Shoal, North Shoal, Cape May Channel, Bay Shore Channel, Cape May Harbor, Skunk Sound, Cape Island Creek, Middle Thorofare, Jarvis Sound, Jones Creek, Swain Channel, Taylor Sound, Sunset Lake, and Richardson Channel. The waters on the northwest corner of the square, just south and just west of the tip of the cape, are found within the salt water salinity zone of the Delaware Bay estuary.

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

     

X

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

       

pollock (Pollachius virens)

       

whiting (Merluccius bilinearis)

       

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)

       

ocean pout (Macrozoarces americanus)

       

Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)

       

Atlantic sea herring (Clupea harengus)

   

X

X

monkfish (Lophius americanus)

X

X

 

bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)

   

X

X

long finned squid (Loligo pealeii)

n/a

n/a

   

Atlantic butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus)

 

X

X

X

Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus)

       

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

   

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

sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus)

X

X

Atlantic angel shark (Squatina dumerili)

 

X

X

X

Atl. sharpnose shark (Rhizopriondon terraenovae)

     

X

dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)

 

X

   

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

 

X

X

X

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

 

HAPC

HAPC

HAPC

tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri)

 

X

   

scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)

   

X