Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

38° 10.0 N

75° 10.0 W

38° 00.0 N

75° 20.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Waters within the square within the Atlantic Ocean and central Chincoteague Bay, east and west of Assateague Island respectively, affecting the following: from just south of Tingles I., south to Ragged Pt. and Ragged Pt. Marshes within Virginia. These waters also affect on the mainland from Ricks Pt. on the north, south past Scarboro Creek, Public Landing, Tanhouse Creek, Figgs Landing, Blue Pond and Blue Marsh, Martin Bay, Big Bay Pt., Duers Neck Landing, Purnell Pond, Brockatonorton Bay, the Cedar Islands, Rattlesnake I., Martin Pt. and the eastern tip of Mills I., to southeast of Boxiron, MD. and east of Boxiron Landing. Finally these waters affect the following Islands and waters: Striking Marsh, Pope I., Middle Moor, Middle Thorofare and the Pirate Islands, Assacorkin I., and eastern Tizzard I.

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

       

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

       

pollock (Pollachius virens)

       

whiting (Merluccius bilinearis)

X

X

X

 

red hake (Urophycis chuss)

X

X

X

 

white hake (Urophycis tenuis)

       

witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus)

       

winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

X

X

X

X

yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea)

       

windowpane flounder (Scophthalmus aquosus)

   

X

X

ocean pout (Macrozoarces americanus)

       

Atlantic sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)

       

Atlantic sea herring (Clupea harengus)

   

X

X

monkfish (Lophius americanus)

     

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)

       

Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus)

       

summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus)

   

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

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

sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus)

X

X

blue shark (Prionace glauca)

     

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

scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)

   

X

 

tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri)

 

X