Summary of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Designations

10’ x 10’ Square Coordinates:

Boundary

North

East

South

West

Coordinate

38° 00.0’ N

75° 20.0’ W

37° 50.0’ N

75° 30.0’ W

Square Description (i.e. habitat, landmarks, coastline markers): Waters within the square within Chincoteague Bay affecting the following: on the main coast of Virginia, from Powell Creek southwest of Greenbackville, VA., past Cockle Pt., Swans Gut Creek, Sinnickson, VA., Horntown Ledge, Mosquito Creek, Cockle Creek, Shelley Bay, Shoaling Pt., Willis Pt., Gunboat Pt., Kendell Narrows, Walker Marshes, Walker Pt., Old Root Naarows, Gunboat I. Balfast Narrows, all the way south to Wallops I., Taylors Narrows, and Island Hole Narrows. Also, within the waters east of all the above, within Simoneaston Bay, Watts Bay, Powells Bay, and Bogues Bay, the following features are affected: almost all of Chincoteague I., excpet for the northeast portion, the western part of Morris I., Queen Sound Channel, Wire Narrows, Black Narrows, Chincoteague Channel Pt., Chincoteague VA., Piney I., Assateague Channel, southern Assateague I. including around Assateague Pt., Fishing Pot, Assateague Beach, Toms Cove, and Little Toms Cove, as well as waters over southwestern Chincoteague Shoals, Turner’s Lump, and Chincoteague Inlet.

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)

       

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

monkfish (Lophius americanus)

       

bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)

 

X

X

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

   

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

Atl. sharpnose shark (Rhizopriondon terraenovae)

     

X

dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus)

 

X

X

 

sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)

 

X

X

X

scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)

   

X