50 CFR 640.22 - Gear and diving restrictions.

§ 640.22 Gear and diving restrictions.
(a) Prohibited gear and methods.
(1) A spiny lobster may not be taken in the EEZ with a spear, hook, or similar device, or gear containing such devices. In the EEZ, the possession of a speared, pierced, or punctured spiny lobster is prima facie evidence that prohibited gear was used to take such lobster. Hook, as used in this paragraph (a)(1), does not include a hook in a hook-and-line fishery for species other than spiny lobster; and possession of a spiny lobster that has been speared, pierced, or punctured by such hook is not considered evidence that prohibited gear was used to take the spiny lobster, provided no prohibited gear is on board the vessel.
(2) A spiny lobster may not be taken in a directed fishery by the use of a net or trawl. See § 640.23(d) for the bycatch limits applicable to a vessel that uses or has on board a net or trawl.
(3) Poisons and explosives may not be used to take a spiny lobster in the EEZ as defined in § 640.1(b). For the purposes of this paragraph (a)(3), chlorine, bleach, and similar substances, which are used to flush a spiny lobster out of rocks or coral, are poisons. A vessel in the spiny lobster fishery may not possess on board in the EEZ any dynamite or similar explosive substance.
(b) Traps.
(1) In the EEZ, a spiny lobster trap may be no larger in dimension than 3 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet (91.4 cm by 61.0 cm by 61.0 cm), or the volume equivalent. A trap constructed of material other than wood must have a panel constructed of wood, cotton, or other material that will degrade at the same rate as a wooden trap. Such panel must be located in the upper half of the sides or on top of the trap, so that, when removed, there will be an opening in the trap no smaller than the diameter found at the throat or entrance of the trap.
(2) A spiny lobster trap in the EEZ may be pulled or tended during daylight hours only, that is, from 1 hour before official sunrise to 1 hour after official sunset.
(3) A spiny lobster trap in the EEZ may be pulled or tended only by the owner's vessel, or by a vessel for which permission to pull or work traps belonging to another person has been granted—
(i) For traps in the EEZ off Florida, by the Division of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in accordance with the procedures in Rule 68B-24.006(7), Florida Administrative Code, in effect as of July 1, 2008 (incorporated by reference, see § 640.29).
(ii) For traps in the EEZ, other than off Florida, by the Regional Administrator, as may be arranged upon written request.
(4) Fishing with spiny lobster trap gear is prohibited year-round in the following areas bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the points listed.
(i) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 1.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°31′15.002″ 81°31′00.000″
B 24°31′15.002″ 81°31′19.994″
C 24°31′29.999″ 81°31′19.994″
D 24°31′29.999″ 81°31′00.000″
A 24°31′15.002″ 81°31′00.000″
(ii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 2.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°31′20.205″ 81°30′17.213″
B 24°31′17.858″ 81°30′27.700″
C 24°31′27.483″ 81°30′30.204″
D 24°31′29.831″ 81°30′19.483″
A 24°31′20.205″ 81°30′17.213″
(iii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 3.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°31′42.665″ 81°30′02.892″
B 24°31′45.013″ 81°29′52.093″
C 24°31′34.996″ 81°29′49.745″
D 24°31′32.335″ 81°30′00.466″
A 24°31′42.665″ 81°30′02.892″
(iv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 4.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°31′50.996″ 81°28′39.999″
B 24°31′50.996″ 81°29′03.002″
C 24°31′56.998″ 81°29′03.002″
D 24°31′56.998″ 81°28′39.999″
A 24°31′50.996″ 81°28′39.999″
(v) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 5.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°32′20.014″ 81°26′20.390″
B 24°32′13.999″ 81°26′41.999″
C 24°32′27.004″ 81°26′45.611″
D 24°32′33.005″ 81°26′23.995″
A 24°32′20.014″ 81°26′20.390″
(vi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 6.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°32′30.011″ 81°24′47.000″
B 24°32′23.790″ 81°24′56.558″
C 24°32′45.997″ 81°25′10.998″
D 24°32′52.218″ 81°25′01.433″
A 24°32′30.011″ 81°24′47.000″
(vii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 7.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°32′46.834″ 81°27′17.615″
B 24°32′41.835″ 81°27′35.619″
C 24°32′54.003″ 81°27′38.997″
D 24°32′59.002″ 81°27′21.000″
A 24°32′46.834″ 81°27′17.615″
(viii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 8.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°33′10.002″ 81°25′50.995″
B 24°33′04.000″ 81°26′18.996″
C 24°33′17.253″ 81°26′21.839″
D 24°33′23.254″ 81°25′53.838″
A 24°33′10.002″ 81°25′50.995″
(ix) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 9.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°33′22.004″ 81°30′31.998″
B 24°33′22.004″ 81°30′41.000″
C 24°33′29.008″ 81°30′41.000″
D 24°33′29.008″ 81°30′31.998″
A 24°33′22.004″ 81°30′31.998″
(x) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 10.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°33′33.004″ 81°30′00.000″
B 24°33′33.004″ 81°30′09.998″
C 24°33′41.999″ 81°30′09.998″
D 24°33′41.999″ 81°30′00.000″
A 24°33′33.004″ 81°30′00.000″
(xi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 11.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°33′50.376″ 81°23′35.039″
B 24°33′27.003″ 81°24′51.003″
C 24°33′40.008″ 81°24′54.999″
D 24°34′03.382″ 81°23′39.035″
A 24°33′50.376″ 81°23′35.039″
(xii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 12.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°34′00.003″ 81°19′29.996″
B 24°34′00.003″ 81°20′04.994″
C 24°34′24.997″ 81°20′04.994″
D 24°34′24.997″ 81°19′29.996″
A 24°34′00.003″ 81°19′29.996″
(xiii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 13.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°35′19.997″ 81°14′25.002″
B 24°35′19.997″ 81°14′34.999″
C 24°35′29.006″ 81°14′34.999″
D 24°35′29.006″ 81°14′25.002″
A 24°35′19.997″ 81°14′25.002″
(xiv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 14.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°44′37.004″ 80°46′47.000″
B 24°44′37.004″ 80°46′58.000″
C 24°44′47.002″ 80°46′58.000″
D 24°44′47.002″ 80°46′47.000″
A 24°44′37.004″ 80°46′47.000″
(xv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 15.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°49′53.946″ 80°38′17.646″
B 24°48′32.331″ 80°40′15.530″
C 24°48′44.389″ 80°40′23.879″
D 24°50′06.004″ 80°38′26.003″
A 24°49′53.946″ 80°38′17.646″
(xvi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 16.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°53′32.085″ 80°33′22.065″
B 24°53′38.992″ 80°33′14.670″
C 24°53′31.673″ 80°33′07.155″
D 24°53′24.562″ 80°33′14.886″
A 24°53′32.085″ 80°33′22.065″
(xvii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 17.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°53′33.410″ 80°32′50.247″
B 24°53′40.149″ 80°32′42.309″
C 24°53′32.418″ 80°32′35.653″
D 24°53′25.348″ 80°32′43.302″
A 24°53′33.410″ 80°32′50.247″
(xviii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 18.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°54′06.317″ 80°32′34.115″
B 24°53′59.368″ 80°32′41.542″
C 24°54′06.667″ 80°32′48.994″
D 24°54′13.917″ 80°32′41.238″
A 24°54′06.317″ 80°32′34.115″
(xix) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 19.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°54′06.000″ 80°31′33.995″
B 24°54′06.000″ 80°31′45.002″
C 24°54′36.006″ 80°31′45.002″
D 24°54′36.006″ 80°31′33.995″
A 24°54′06.000″ 80°31′33.995″
(xx) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 20.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°56′21.104″ 80°28′52.331″
B 24°56′17.012″ 80°29′05.995″
C 24°56′26.996″ 80°29′08.996″
D 24°56′31.102″ 80°28′55.325″
A 24°56′21.104″ 80°28′52.331″
(xxi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 21.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°56′53.006″ 80°27′46.997″
B 24°56′21.887″ 80°28′25.367″
C 24°56'35.002″ 80°28′36.003″
D 24°57′06.107″ 80°27′57.626″
A 24°56′53.006″ 80°27′46.997″
(xxii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 22.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°57′35.001″ 80°27′14.999″
B 24°57′28.011″ 80°27′21.000″
C 24°57′33.999″ 80°27′27.997″
D 24°57′40.200″ 80°27′21.106″
A 24°57′35.001″ 80°27′14.999″
(xxiii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 23.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°58′58.154″ 80°26′03.911″
B 24°58′48.005″ 80°26′10.001″
C 24°58′52.853″ 80°26′18.090″
D 24°59′03.002″ 80°26′11.999″
A 24°58′58.154″ 80°26′03.911″
(xxiv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 24.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°59′17.009″ 80°24′32.999″
B 24°58′41.001″ 80°25′21.998″
C 24°58′57.591″ 80°25′34.186″
D 24°59′33.598″ 80°24′45.187″
A 24°59′17.009″ 80°24′32.999″
(xxv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 25.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 24°59′44.008″ 80°25′38.999″
B 24°59′27.007″ 80°25′48.997″
C 24°59′32.665″ 80°25′58.610″
D 24°59′49.666″ 80°25′48.612″
A 24°59′44.008″ 80°25′38.999″
(xxvi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 26.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°01′00.006″ 80°21′55.002″
B 25°01′00.006″ 80°22′11.996″
C 25°01′18.010″ 80°22′11.996″
D 25°01′18.010″ 80°21′55.002″
A 25°01′00.006″ 80°21′55.002″
(xxvii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 27.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°01′34.997″ 80°23′12.998″
B 25°01′18.010″ 80°23′44.000″
C 25°01′22.493″ 80°23′46.473″
D 25°01′36.713″ 80°23′37.665″
E 25°01′46.657″ 80°23′19.390″
A 25°01′34.997″ 80°23′12.998″
(xxviii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 28.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°01′38.005″ 80°21′25.998″
B 25°01′28.461″ 80°21′46.158″
C 25°01′45.009″ 80°21′53.999″
D 25°01′54.553″ 80°21′33.839″
A 25°01′38.005″ 80°21′25.998″
(xxix) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 29.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°01′53.001″ 80°23′08.995″
B 25°01′53.001″ 80°23′17.997″
C 25°02′01.008″ 80°23′17.997″
D 25°02′01.008″ 80°23′08.995″
A 25°01′53.001″ 80°23′08.995″
(xxx) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 30.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°02′20.000″ 80°22′11.001″
B 25°02′10.003″ 80°22′50.002″
C 25°02′22.252″ 80°22′53.140″
D 25°02′32.250″ 80°22′14.138″
A 25°02′20.000″ 80°22′11.001″
(xxxi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 31.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°02′29.503″ 80°20′30.503″
B 25°02′16.498″ 80°20′43.501″
C 25°02′24.999″ 80°20′52.002″
D 25°02′38.004″ 80°20′38.997″
A 25°02′29.503″ 80°20′30.503″
(xxxii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 32.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°02′34.008″ 80°21′57.000″
B 25°02′34.008″ 80°22′14.997″
C 25°02′50.007″ 80°22′14.997″
D 25°02′50.007″ 80°21′57.000″
A 25°02′34.008″ 80°21′57.000″
(xxxiii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 33.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°03′11.294″ 80°21′36.864″
B 25°03′02.540″ 80°21′43.143″
C 25°03′08.999″ 80°21′51.994″
D 25°03′17.446″ 80°21′45.554″
A 25°03′11.294″ 80°21′36.864″
(xxxiv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 34.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°03′30.196″ 80°21′34.263″
B 25°03′39.267″ 80°21′29.506″
C 25°03′35.334″ 80°21′19.801″
D 25°03′26.200″ 80°21′24.304″
A 25°03′30.196″ 80°21′34.263″
(xxxv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 35.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°03′26.001″ 80°19′43.001″
B 25°03′26.001″ 80°19′54.997″
C 25°03′41.011″ 80°19′54.997″
D 25°03′41.011″ 80°19′43.001″
A 25°03′26.001″ 80°19′43.001″
(xxxvi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 36.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°07′03.008″ 80°17′57.999″
B 25°07′03.008″ 80°18′10.002″
C 25°07′14.997″ 80°18′10.002″
D 25°07′14.997″ 80°17′57.999″
A 25°07′03.008″ 80°17′57.999″
(xxxvii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 37.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°07′51.156″ 80°17′27.910″
B 25°07′35.857″ 80°17′37.091″
C 25°07′43.712″ 80°17′50.171″
D 25°07′59.011″ 80°17′40.998″
A 25°07′51.156″ 80°17′27.910″
(xxxviii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 38.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°08′12.002″ 80°17′09.996″
B 25°07′55.001″ 80°17′26.997″
C 25°08′04.998″ 80°17′36.995″
D 25°08′22.000″ 80°17′20.000″
A 25°08′12.002″ 80°17′09.996″
(xxxix) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 39.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°08′18.003″ 80°17′34.001″
B 25°08′18.003″ 80°17′45.997″
C 25°08′29.003″ 80°17′45.997″
D 25°08′29.003″ 80°17′34.001″
A 25°08′18.003″ 80°17′34.001″
(xl) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 40.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°08′45.002″ 80°15′50.002″
B 25°08′37.999″ 80°15′56.998″
C 25°08′42.009″ 80°16′00.995″
D 25°08′48.999″ 80°15′53.998″
A 25°08′45.002″ 80°15′50.002″
(xli) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 41.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°08′58.007″ 80°17′24.999″
B 25°08′58.007″ 80°17′35.999″
C 25°09′09.007″ 80°17′35.999″
D 25°09′09.007″ 80°17′24.999″
A 25°08′58.007″ 80°17′24.999″
(xlii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 42.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°09′10.999″ 80°16′00.000″
B 25°09′10.999″ 80°16′09.997″
C 25°09′20.996″ 80°16′09.997″
D 25°09′20.996″ 80°16′00.000″
A 25°09′10.999″ 80°16′00.000″
(xliii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 43.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°09′28.316″ 80°17′03.713″
B 25°09′14.006″ 80°17′17.000″
C 25°09′21.697″ 80°17′25.280″
D 25°09′36.006″ 80°17′12.001″
A 25°09′28.316″ 80°17′03.713″
(xliv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 44.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°10′00.011″ 80°16′06.000″
B 25°10′00.011″ 80°16′17.000″
C 25°10′09.995″ 80°16′17.000″
D 25°10′09.995″ 80°16′06.000″
A 25°10′00.011″ 80°16′06.000″
(xlv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 45.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°10′29.002″ 80°15′52.995″
B 25°10′29.002″ 80°16′04.002″
C 25°10′37.997″ 80°16′04.002″
D 25°10′37.997″ 80°15′52.995″
A 25°10′29.002″ 80°15′52.995″
(xlvi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 46.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°11′05.998″ 80°14′25.997″
B 25°11′05.998″ 80°14′38.000″
C 25°11′20.006″ 80°14′38.000″
D 25°11′20.006″ 80°14′25.997″
A 25°11′05.998″ 80°14′25.997″
(xlvii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 47.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°12′00.998″ 80°13′24.996″
B 25°11′43.008″ 80°13′35.000″
C 25°11′48.007″ 80°13′44.002″
D 25°12′06.011″ 80°13′33.998″
A 25°12′00.998″ 80°13′24.996″
(xlviii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 48.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°12′18.343″ 80°14′32.768″
B 25°12′02.001″ 80°14′44.001″
C 25°12′07.659″ 80°14′52.234″
D 25°12′24.001″ 80°14′41.001″
A 25°12′18.343″ 80°14′32.768″
(xlix) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 49.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°15′23.998″ 80°12′29.000″
B 25°15′04.676″ 80°12′36.120″
C 25°15′09.812″ 80°12′50.066″
D 25°15′29.148″ 80°12′42.946″
A 25°15′23.998″ 80°12′29.000″
(l) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 50.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°16′01.997″ 80°12′32.996″
B 25°15′33.419″ 80°12′52.394″
C 25°15′44.007″ 80°13′08.001″
D 25°16′12.585″ 80°12′48.597″
A 25°16′01.997″ 80°12′32.996″
(li) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 51.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°16′33.006″ 80°13′30.001″
B 25°16′33.006″ 80°13′41.001″
C 25°16′34.425″ 80°13′41.026″
D 25°16′41.850″ 80°13′37.475″
E 25°16′42.001″ 80°13′30.001″
A 25°16′33.006″ 80°13′30.001″
(lii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 52.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°17′04.715″ 80°12′11.305″
B 25°16′17.007″ 80°12′27.997″
C 25°16′23.997″ 80°12′47.999″
D 25°17′11.705″ 80°12′31.300″
A 25°17′04.715″ 80°12′11.305″
(liii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 53.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°17′23.008″ 80°12′40.000″
B 25°17′23.008″ 80°12′49.997″
C 25°17′33.005″ 80°12′49.997″
D 25°17′33.005″ 80°12′40.000″
A 25°17′23.008″ 80°12′40.000″
(liv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 54.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°20′57.996″ 80°09′50.000″
B 25°20′57.996″ 80°10′00.000″
C 25°21′07.005″ 80°10′00.000″
D 25°21′07.005″ 80°09′50.000″
A 25°20′57.996″ 80°09′50.000″
(lv) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 55.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°21′45.004″ 80°09′51.998″
B 25°21′38.124″ 80°09′56.722″
C 25°21′49.124″ 80°10′12.728″
D 25°21′56.004″ 80°10′07.997″
A 25°21′45.004″ 80°09′51.998″
(lvi) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 56.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°21′49.000″ 80°09′21.999″
B 25°21′49.000″ 80°09′31.996″
C 25°21′58.998″ 80°09′31.996″
D 25°21′58.998″ 80°09′21.999″
A 25°21′49.000″ 80°09′21.999″
(lvii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 57.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°24′31.008″ 80°07′36.997″
B 25°24′31.008″ 80°07′48.999″
C 25°24′41.005″ 80°07′48.999″
D 25°24′41.005″ 80°07′36.997″
A 25°24′31.008″ 80°07′36.997″
(lviii) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 58.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°25′14.005″ 80°07′27.995″
B 25°25′14.005″ 80°07′44.001″
C 25°25′26.008″ 80°07′44.001″
D 25°25′26.008″ 80°07′27.995″
A 25°25′14.005″ 80°07′27.995″
(lix) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 59.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°35′13.996″ 80°05′39.999″
B 25°35′13.996″ 80°05′50.999″
C 25°35′24.007″ 80°05′50.999″
D 25°35′24.007″ 80°05′39.999″
A 25°35′13.996″ 80°05′39.999″
(lx) Lobster Trap Gear Closed Area 60.
Point North Lat. West Long.
A 25°40′57.003″ 80°05′43.000″
B 25°40′57.003″ 80°05′54.000″
C 25°41′06.550″ 80°05′53.980″
D 25°41′18.136″ 80°05′49.158″
E 25°41′18.001″ 80°05′43.000″
A 25°40′57.003″ 80°05′43.000″
[57 FR 56520, Nov. 30, 1992, as amended at 58 FR 38980, July 21, 1993; 60 FR 41831, Aug. 14, 1995; 69 FR 18803, Apr. 9, 2004; 76 FR 75492, Dec. 2, 2011; 77 FR 44169, July 27, 2012; 77 FR 50642, Aug. 22, 2012]

Title 50 published on 2013-10-01

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Title 50 published on 2013-10-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 50 CFR 640 after this date.

  • 2013-12-19; vol. 78 # 244 - Thursday, December 19, 2013
    1. 78 FR 76807 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Revisions to Dealer Permitting and Reporting Requirements for Species Managed by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils
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      DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
      Notice of availability; request for comments.
      Written comments must be received on or before February 18, 2014.
      50 CFR Parts 622 and 640