Habitat: Habitat Suitability Maps

NMFS has developed habitat suitability maps for species managed under the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP). All of the maps are included in Appendix B.4 to the groundfish FMP; the links in the right-hand column below provide access to the maps individually. The shaded areas on the maps represent habitats that are likely to be suitable for individual species and life history stages based on the best available science. The darker areas have a higher probability of suitability than the lighter areas.

Appendix B.1 to the FMP describes the methodology used to produce these maps. The left-hand column provides species descriptions for the corresponding species provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Fish and Game, or FishBase, an online database of fish species. Life history descriptions of these species also may be found in the Appendix B.2 to the groundfish FMP.

More EFH mapping tools are available at:

  • NOAA’s Essential Fish Habitat Mapper and EFH Data Inventory. Provides data on EFH areas protected from fishing, including areas where steps have been taken to minimize the impact that fisheries have on EFH by geographic area of interest. Also features spatial representations of essential fish habitat (EFH) and habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs).
Image Species information Habitat Suitability Maps
Arrowtooth flounder Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Eggs
Aurora rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Bank rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Black rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Blackgill rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Black and yellow rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Blue rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Bocaccio rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Brown rockfish none
Bronzespotted rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Big skate Adult
Juvenile
Eggs
Butter sole Adult
Cabezon Adult
Calico rockfish Adult
Juvenile
California scorpionfish Adult
California skate Adult
Juvenile
Eggs
Canary rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Chilipepper Adult
Juvenile
China rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Copper rockfish Adult
Cowcod Adult
Juvenile
Curlfin sole Adult
Darkblotched rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Dover sole Adult
Juvenile
Dusky rockfish none
English sole Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Finescale codling (mora) Adult
Flag rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Flathead sole Adult
Juvenile
Gopher rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Grass rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Greenblotched rockfish Adult
Greenstriped rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Harlequin rockfish Adult
Honeycomb rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Kelp greenling Adult
Larvae
Kelp rockfish Adult
Lingcod AdultAdult
Juvenile
Larvae
Eggs
Longnose skate Adult
Juvenile
Eggs
Leopard shark Adult
Longspine thornyhead Adult
LJuvenile
Mexican rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Olive rockfish Adult
Pacific cod Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Eggs
Petrale sole Adult
Juvenile
Pink rockfish Adult
Pacific Ocean perch
Juvenile
Larvae
Pacific rattail Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Eggs
Pacific sanddab Adult
Quillback rockfish Juvenile
Ratfish
Adult
Juvenile
Eggs
Redbanded rockfish Adult
Redstripe rockfish Adult
Rex sole
Adult
Juvenile
Rock sole Adult
Rosethorn rockfish Adult
Rosy rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Rougheye rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Sablefish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Eggs
Sand sole Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Sharpchin rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Shortraker rockfish Adult
Shortbelly rockfish Adult
Silvergrey rockfish Adult
Speckled rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Soupfin shark Adult
Juvenile
Spiny dogfish Adult
Juvenile
Splitnose rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Larvae
Squarespot rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Shortspine thornyhead Adult
Juvenile
Starry flounder Adult
Juvenile
Eggs
Starry rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Stripetail rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Tiger rockfish Adult
Treefish Adult
Juvenile
Vermilion rockfish Adult
Whiting (Pacific hake) Adult
Juvenile
Eggs
Widow rockfish
Juvenile
Yelloweye rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Yellowmouth rockfish Adult
Juvenile
Yellowtail rockfish Adult
Juvenile