50 CFR § 622.74 - Area closures to protect Gulf corals.

§ 622.74 Area closures to protect Gulf corals.
Link to an amendment published at 85 FR 65746, Oct. 16, 2020.

(a) West and East Flower Garden Banks HAPC. The following activities are prohibited year-round in the HAPC: Fishing with a bottom longline, bottom trawl, buoy gear, dredge, pot, or trap and bottom anchoring by fishing vessels.

(1) West Flower Garden Bank. West Flower Garden Bank is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

Point North lat. West long.
A 27°55′22.8″ 93°53′09.6″
B 27°55′22.8″ 93°46′46.0″
C 27°49′03.0″ 93°46′46.0″
D 27°49′03.0″ 93°53′09.6″
A 27°55′22.8″ 93°53′09.6″

(2) East Flower Garden Bank. East Flower Garden Bank is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

Point North lat. West long.
A 27°59′14.4″ 93°38′58.2″
B 27°59′14.4″ 93°34′03.5″
C 27°52′36.5″ 93°34′03.5″
D 27°52′36.5″ 93°38′58.2″
A 27°59′14.4″ 93°38′58.2″

(b) Florida Middle Grounds HAPC. Fishing with a bottom longline, bottom trawl, dredge, pot, or trap is prohibited year-round in the area bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

Point North lat. West long.
A 28°42.5′ 84°24.8′
B 28°42.5′ 84°16.3′
C 28°11.0′ 84°00.0′
D 28°11.0′ 84°07.0′
E 28°26.6′ 84°24.8′
A 28°42.5′ 84°24.8′

(c) Tortugas marine reserves HAPC. The following activities are prohibited within the Tortugas marine reserves HAPC: Fishing for any species and bottom anchoring by fishing vessels.

(1) EEZ portion of Tortugas North. The area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting the following points: From point A at 24°40′00″ N. lat., 83°06′00″ W. long. to point B at 24°46′00″ N. lat., 83°06′00″ W. long. to point C at 24°46′00″ N. lat., 83°00′00″ W. long.; thence along the line denoting the seaward limit of Florida's waters, as shown on the current edition of NOAA chart 11434, to point A at 24°40′00″ N. lat., 83°06′00″ W. long.

(2) Tortugas South. The area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

Point North lat. West long.
A 24°33′00″ 83°09′00″
B 24°33′00″ 83°05′00″
C 24°18′00″ 83°05′00″
D 24°18′00″ 83°09′00″
A 24°33′00″ 83°09′00″

(d) Pulley Ridge HAPC. Fishing with a bottom longline, bottom trawl, buoy gear, pot, or trap and bottom anchoring by fishing vessels are prohibited year-round in the area of the HAPC bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

Point North lat. West long.
A 24°58′18″ 83°38′33″
B 24°58′18″ 83°37′00″
C 24°41′11″ 83°37′00″
D 24°40′00″ 83°41′22″
E 24°43′55″ 83°47′15″
A 24°58′18″ 83°38′33″

(e) Stetson Bank HAPC. Fishing with a bottom longline, bottom trawl, buoy gear, pot, or trap and bottom anchoring by fishing vessels are prohibited year-round in the HAPC, which is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

Point North lat. West long.
A 28°10′38.3″ 94°18′36.5″
B 28°10′38.3″ 94°17′06.3″
C 28°09′18.6″ 94°17′06.3″
D 28°09′18.6″ 94°18′36.5″
A 28°10′38.3″ 94°18′36.5″

(f) McGrail Bank HAPC. Fishing with a bottom longline, bottom trawl, buoy gear, pot, or trap and bottom anchoring by fishing vessels are prohibited year-round in the HAPC, which is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

Point North lat. West long.
A 27°59′06.0″ 92°37′19.2″
B 27°59′06.0″ 92°32′17.4″
C 27°55′55.5″ 92°32′17.4″
D 27°55′55.5″ 92°37′19.2″
A 27°59′06.0″ 92°37′19.2″