Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

38° 30.0 N

75° 00.0 W

38° 20.0 N

75° 10.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Atlantic Ocean waters within the square east of southernmost Delaware and northernmost Maryland from just east of Little Assawoman Bay on the north, south past Fenwick Island, DE., past Maryland Beach, and Fenwick Island, MD., to Ocean City, MD. These waters also affect the following: within Assawoman Bay around Dirickson Neck and Miller Neck and Isle of Wight Bay from the state border south past Greys Creek, Poplar Pt. on the Isle of Wight, the St. Martin River, Cedar Pt., Manklin Creek, Turville Creek east of Taylorville, MD., Herring Creek, and Heyser Pt., to the Inlet to the Bays, along with Collier Islands, Mallard Islands, Reedy Island, Swan Pt., Devil Island, and Horse Island and many other smaller islands.

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

     

X

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

       

whiting (Merluccius bilinearis)

       

red hake (Urophycis chuss)

X

X

X

 

witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus)

       

winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

       

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

   

short finned squid (Illex illecebrosus)

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

X

 

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

dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)

 

X

   

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

 

X

X

X

scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)

   

X

 

tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri)

 

X

   

Atl. sharpnose shark (Rhizopriondon terraenovae)

     

X