This page lists a variety of outdoor related acronyms, technical terms, nicknames, and slang.



New York

AK – Arthur Kill
BI – Block Island
BIWF – Block Island Wind Farm
LI  – Long Island
LISS – Long Island South Shore
KVK – Kill Van Kull
SI – Staten Island

New Jersey

CM – Cape May
IBSP – Island Beach State Park
LBI – Long Beach Island
PNEMT – Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal


CHSP – Cape Henlopen State Park
RI – Roosevelt Inlet (Lewes)


CBB – Chesapeake Bay Bridge
KI – Kent Island
ESMD – Eastern Shore of Maryland
FSKB – Francis Scott Key Bridge
KI – Kent Island
IBSP – Island Beach State Park
OC, OCMD – Ocean City Maryland
SI – Solomons Island
SOMD – Southern Maryland
OC – Ocean City
PAX – Patuxent River
PLO – Point Lookout
PP – Piney Point
St.J’s – St. Jerome Creek
SPSP – Sandy Point State Park


757 – Virginia area code, also refers to the Hampton Roads – Tidewater region
AI – Assateague Island
CBBT – Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
CC – Cape Charles
CI – Chincoteague Island
CVOW – Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind
EOV – East Ocean View
ESVA – Eastern Shore of Virginia
HRBT – Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel
HR, HRVA – Hampton Roads Virginia
JRB – James River Bridge
VPA – Virginia Port Authority
VMRC – Virginia Marine Resources Commision

North Carolina

CC – Crystal Coast
OBX – Outer Banks

Mid Atlantic

AT – Appalachian Trail
OCS – Outer Continental Shelf
OREI – offshore renewable energy installation
WEA – wind energy area


BFT – bluefin tuna
LMB – largemouth bass
NSH – northern snakehead
SB – striped bass
SMB – smallmouth bass
YFT – yellowfin tuna

Scientific, Regulatory

TCA – trout conservation area
eVTR, VTR – (electronic) vessel trip report
WMA – wildlife management area


ENC – electronic navigation chart
RNC – raster navigational chart


Nicknames and Slang

Fishing – Seafood


blackback – winter flounder
blackfish – tautog
blowfish – northern puffer
brookie – brook trout
brownie – brown trout
chopper – large bluefish
cigar – small seatrout
coaster – sea run brook trout
cow, cow bass – large striped bass
fat albert, little tunny – false albacore
fluke – summer flounder
gaffer – large dolphinfish
Godzilla, dragon – large northern snakehead
peanut – small fish, usually dolphinfish and menhaden
pig – large bluefin tuna
puppy drum – juvenile drum (red or black)
rock, rockfish – striped bass
scrod – cod, haddock, or pollock weighing approximately 2-3 pounds
slot, slot fish – size of fish that can be harvested when slot regulations apply
speck – speckled trout, spotted seatrout
sunny, sunfish, sun perch – sunfish species, especially bluegill and pumpkinseed
striper – striped bass
tog – tautog
weakfish, weakie – gray seatrout

Blue Crabs

soft crab
paper shell

Quahog Clams



Related Information

Regional Information



Fishing Regulations