50 CFR 648.61 - EFH closed areas.

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§ 648.61 EFH closed areas.
(a) No vessel fishing for scallops, or person on a vessel fishing for scallops, may enter, fish in, or be in the EFH Closure Areas described in paragraphs (a)(1) through (6) of this section, unless otherwise specified. A chart depicting these areas is available from the Regional Administrator upon request.
(1) Western GOM Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (a) of this section apply to the Western GOM Habitat Closure Area, which is the area bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:
Western GOM Habitat Closure Area
Point N. lat. W. long.
WGM4 43°15′ 70°15′
WGM1 42°15′ 70°15′
WGM5 42°15′ 70°00′
WGM6 43°15′ 70°00′
WGM4 43°15′ 70°15′
(2) Cashes Ledge Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (a) of this section apply to the Cashes Ledge Habitat Closure Area, which is the area bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:
Cashes Ledge Habitat Closure Area
Point N. lat. W. long.
CLH1 43°01′ 69°03′
CLH2 43°01′ 68°52′
CLH3 42°45′ 68°52′
CLH4 42°45′ 69°03′
CLH1 43°01′ 69°03′
(3) Jeffrey's Bank Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (a) of this section apply to the Jeffrey's Bank Habitat Closure Area, which is the area bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:
Jeffrey's Bank Habitat Closure Area
Point N. lat. W. long.
JB1 43°40′ 68°50′
JB2 43°40′ 68°40′
JB3 43°20′ 68°40′
JB4 43°20′ 68°50′
JB1 43°40′ 68°50′
(4) Closed Area I Habitat Closure Areas. The restrictions specified in paragraph (a) of this section apply to the Closed Area I Habitat Closure Areas, Closed Area I-North and Closed Area I-South, which are the areas bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated, and so that the line connecting points CI1 and CIH1, and CI2 and CIH3 is the same as the portion of the western boundary line of Closed Area I, defined in § 648.81(a)(1), that lies between those points:
Closed Area I—North Habitat Closure Area
Point N. lat. W. long.
CI1 41°30′ 69°23′
CI4 41°30′ 68°30′
CIH1 41°26′ 68°30′
CIH2 41°04.30′ N 69°01.29′ W
CI1 41°30′ 69°23′
Closed Area I—South Habitat Closure Area
Point N. lat. W. long.
CIH3 40°54.95′ N 68°53.40′ W
CIH4 40°58′ 68°30′
CI3 40°45′ 68°30′
CI2 40°45′ 68°45′
CIH3 40°54.95′ N 68°53.40′ W
(5) Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in this paragraph (a) apply to the Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area (also referred to as the Habitat Area of Particular Concern), which is the area bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:
Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area
Point N. Lat. W. Long.
CIIH1 42°10′ 67°20′
CIIH2 42°10′ 67°9.3′
CIIH3 42°00′ 67°0.5′
CIIH4 42°00′ 67°10′
CIIH5 41°50′ 67°10′
CIIH6 41°50′ 67°20′
CIIH1 42°10′ 67°20′
(6) Nantucket Lightship Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (a) of this section apply to the Nantucket Lightship Habitat Closure Area, which is the area bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:
Nantucket Lightship Habitat Closed Area
Point N. lat. W. long.
NLH1 41°10′ 70°00′
NLH2 41°10′ 69°50′
NLH3 40°50′ 69°30′
NLH4 40°20′ 69°30′
NLH5 40°20′ 70°00′
NLH1 41°10′ 70°00′
(b) Transiting. A vessel may transit the EFH Closure Areas as defined in paragraphs (a)(1) through (6) of this section, unless otherwise restricted, provided that its gear is stowed in accordance with the provisions of § 648.23(b). A vessel may transit the CAII EFH closed area, as defined in paragraph (a)(6) of this section, provided there is a compelling safety reason to enter the area and all gear is stowed in accordance with the provisions of § 648.23(b).
[76 FR 43770, July 21, 2011, as amended at 77 FR 20741, Apr. 6, 2012]

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  • 2014-09-04; vol. 79 # 171 - Thursday, September 4, 2014
    1. 79 FR 52578 - Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States
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