Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designation

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

39° 20.0 N

74° 30.0 W

39° 10.0 N

74° 40.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): The waters within the square within the Atlantic Ocean and within the New Jersey Inland Bay estuary affecting the following: south of Margate City, N. J. and south and east of Ocean City, N.J. and Peck Beach, within Great Egg Harbor Bay and Peck Bay. The following features are also affected by these waters: Risley Channel, Lone Cedar I., Broad Thorofare, Anchorage Pt., Rainbow Is., Somers Pt., Cowpens I., Shooting I., Golders Pt., and Beesleys Pt. These waters extend up into Great Egg Harbor Bay to the boundary of the mixing / seawater salinity zones, which extends from just west of Somers Pt., southwest across the Bay to east of the entrance to the Tuckahoe River. These waters also affect southwest of Peck Beach, along with Crook Horn Creek, Blackmon I., Devils I., Corson Inlet, Strathmore, N. J., Whale Beach, N. J., and Middle Thorofare.

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

 

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

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

dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)

 

X

   

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

 

X

X

X

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

 

HAPC

HAPC

HAPC

tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri)

 

X