50 CFR 648.58 - Rotational Closed Areas.

§ 648.58 Rotational Closed Areas.
(a) -(b) [Reserved]
(c) Transiting. No vessel possessing scallops may enter or be in the area(s) specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section unless the vessel is transiting the area and the vessel's fishing gear is unavailable for immediate use as defined in § 648.23(b), or there is a compelling safety reason to be in such areas.
(d) Vessels fishing for species other than scallops. A vessel may fish for species other than scallops within the closed areas specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section as allowed in this part, provided the vessel does not fish for, catch, or retain scallops or intend to fish for, catch, or retain scallops. Declaration through VMS that the vessel is fishing in the general category scallop fishery is deemed to be an intent to fish for, catch, or retain scallops.
(e) [Reserved]
(f) Delmarva Closed Area. No vessel may fish for scallops in, or possess or land scallops from, the area known as the Delmarva Closed Area. No vessel may possess scallops in the Delmarva Closed Area, unless such vessel is only transiting the area as provided in paragraph (c) of this section. The Delmarva Closed Area is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request):
Point Latitude Longitude
DMV1 38°10′ N 74°50′ W
DMV2 38°10′ N 74°00′ W
DMV3 37°15′ N 74°00′ W
DMV4 37°15′ N 74°50′ W
DMV1 38°10′ N 74°50′ W
[71 FR 33228, June 8, 2006, as amended by 72 FR 72629, Dec. 21, 2007; 73 FR 30807, May 29, 2008; 75 FR 36571, June 28, 2010; 76 FR 31494, June 1, 2011; 76 FR 43791, Aug. 2, 2011; 77 FR 28314, May 14, 2012]
Effective Date Note:
At 77 FR 28314, May 14, 2012, § 648.58 was amended by adding paragraph (f), effective June 13, 2012, through Nov. 10, 2012.
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§ 648.58 Rotational Closed Areas.

(a) Closed Area I Closed Area. No vessel may fish for scallops in, or possess or land scallops from, the area known as the Closed Area I Closed Area. No vessel may possess scallops in the Closed Area I Closed Area, unless such vessel is only transiting the area as provided in paragraph (e) of this section. The Closed Area I Closed Area is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request), and so that the line connecting points CAIA3 and CAIA4 is the same as the portion of the western boundary line of Closed Area I, defined in § 648.81(a)(1), that lies between points CAIA3 and CAIA4:

Point Latitude Longitude Note
CAIA1 41°26′ N. 68°30′ W.
CAIA2 40°58′ N. 68°30′ W.
CAIA3 40°54.95′ N. 68°53.37′ W. ( 1)
CAIA4 41°04′ N. 69°01′ W. ( 1)
CAIA1 41°26′ N. 68°30′ W.

1 From Point CAIA3 to Point CAIA4 along the western boundary of Closed Area I, defined in § 648.81(a)(1).

(b) Closed Area II Closed Area. No vessel may fish for scallops in, or possess or land scallops from, the area known as the Closed Area II Closed Area. No vessel may possess scallops in the Closed Area II Closed Area. The Closed Area II Closed Area is defined by straight lines, except where noted, connecting the following points in the order stated (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request):

Point Latitude Longitude Note
CAIIA1 41°00′ N. 67°20′ W.
CAIIA2 41°00′ N. 66°35.8′ W.
CAIIA3 41°18.45′ N. ( 1) ( 2)
CAIIA4 41°30′ N. ( 3) ( 2)
CAIIA5 41°30′ N. 67°20′ W.
CAIIA1 41°00′ N. 67°20′ W.

1 The intersection of 41°18.45′ N. lat. and the U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary, approximately 41°18.45′ N. lat. and 66°24.89′ W. long.

2 From Point CAIIA3 connected to Point CAIIA4 along the U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary.

3 The intersection of 41°30′ N. lat. and the U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary, approximately 41°30′ N. lat., 66°34.73′ W. long.

(c) Nantucket Lightship Closed Area. No vessel may fish for scallops in, or possess or land scallops from, the area known as the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area. No vessel may possess scallops in the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area, unless such vessel is only transiting the area as provided in paragraph (e) of this section. The Nantucket Lightship Closed Area is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request),

Point Latitude Longitude
NLAA1 40°50′ N. 69°30′ W.
NLAA2 40°50′ N. 69°00′ W.
NLAA3 40°33′ N. 69°00′ W
NLAA4 40°33′ N. 68°48′ W
NLAA5 40°20′ N. 68°48′ W
NLAA6 40°20′ N. 69°30′ W.
NLAA1 40°50′ N. 69°30′ W.

(d) Elephant Trunk Closed Area. No vessel may fish for scallops in, or possess or land scallops from, the area known as the Elephant Trunk Closed Area. No vessel may possess scallops in Elephant Trunk Closed Area. The Elephant Trunk Closed Area is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request).

Point Latitude Longitude
ETCA 1 38°50′ N. 74°20′ W.
ETCA 2 38°50′ N. 73°40′ W.
ETCA 3 38°40′ N. 73°40′ W.
ETCA 4 38°40′ N. 73°50′ W.
ETCA 5 38°30′ N. 73°50′ W.
ETCA 6 38°30′ N. 74°20′ W.
ETCA 1 38°50′ N. 74°20′ W.

(e) Transiting. No vessel possessing scallops may enter or be in the area(s) specified in paragraphs (a) and (c) of this section unless the vessel is transiting the area and the vessel's fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2, or there is a compelling safety reason to be in such areas without such gear being stowed. A vessel may only transit the Closed Area II Closed Area, as described in paragraph (b) of this section, or the Elephant Trunk Closed Area, as described in paragraph (d) of this section, if there is a compelling safety reason for transiting the area and the vessel's fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2.

(f) Vessels fishing for species other than scallops. A vessel may fish for species other than scallops within the closed areas specified in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section as allowed in this part, provided the vessel does not fish for, catch, or retain scallops or intend to fish for, catch, or retain scallops. Declaration through VMS that the vessel is fishing in the LAGC scallop fishery is deemed to be an intent to fish for, catch, or retain scallops.

[80 FR 22131, Apr. 21, 2015]

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    1. 80 FR 75008 - Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer
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      Temporary rule; quota transfer.
      Effective November 30, 2015, through December 31, 2015.
      50 CFR Part 648