Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designations

10 x 10 Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

38° 00.0 N

75° 10.0 W

37° 50.0 N

75° 20.0 W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Atlantic Ocean waters within Chincoteague Bay within the square affecting the following: east of southern Assateague Island in Virginia, from Ragged Pt. Marshes on the north, south to and west within Assateague Bay around the Coardes Marshes, around Wild Cat Pt. on the northeast tip of Chincoteague I., and Morris I. Also affected are Blackfish Bank, and northern Chincoteague Shoals.

Species

Eggs

Larvae

Juveniles

Adults

Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)

       

haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

       

pollock (Pollachius virens)

       

whiting (Merluccius bilinearis)

       

red hake (Urophycis chuss)

X

X

X

 

white hake (Urophycis tenuis)

       

witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus)

X

     

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

monkfish (Lophius americanus)

       

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

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

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

red drum (Sciaenops occelatus)

X

X

X

X

sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus)

 

X

 

X

Atlantic angel shark (Squatina dumerili)

 

X

X

X

dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)

 

X

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