GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT DESCRIPTIONS

This guide provides the official essential fish habitat (EFH) designation language for those managed species found in waters of the Northeast Region as well as other important habitat parameters. The designations describe the geographical extent in which EFH is found as well as the type of habitats utilized by each lifestage of the species. Click on the species' names below for the information to be provided in text format. To see this information in tabular format for all of the species click here for EFH Tables.  * Note: EFH and habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC) descriptions for some species have been revised recently. For Highly Migratory Species and Billfish, please visit our EFH Mapper

NEW ENGLAND SPECIES:
American plaice Pollock
Atlantic cod Red Hake
Atlantic halibut Redfish
Atlantic herring White hake
Atlantic salmon Whiting
Atlantic sea scallops Windowpane flounder
Atlantic wolffish * Winter flounder
Haddock Witch flounder
Monkfish Yellowtail flounder
Ocean pout Habitat Areas of Particular Concern *
Offshore hake * Skates



MID-ATLANTIC SPECIES:
Atlantic mackerel * Ocean quahog
Black sea bass Scup
Bluefish Spiny dogfish *
Butterfish * Summer flounder
Tilefish * Short fin squid *
Surf clam Long fin squid *



SOUTH ATLANTIC SPECIES:
Cobia Red drum
Golden crab Spanish mackerel
King mackerel

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