50 CFR 648.59 - Sea Scallop Access Areas.

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§ 648.59 Sea Scallop Access Areas.

(a) Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area.

(1) Beginning March 1, 2016, through February 28, 2018 (i.e., fishing years 2016 and 2017), a vessel issued a scallop permit may not fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the area known as the Mid-Atlantic Access Area unless the vessel is participating in, and complies with the requirements of, the area access program described in § 648.60 or the vessel is transiting pursuant to paragraph (f) of this section. The Mid-Atlantic Access Area is comprised of the following scallop access areas: The Delmarva Scallop Access Area, as described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section; the Elephant Trunk Scallop Access Area, as described in paragraph (a)(3) of this section; and the Hudson Canyon Scallop Access Area, as described in paragraph (a)(4) of this section.

(2) Delmarva Scallop Access Area. The Delmarva Scallop Access 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.

(i) - (ii) [Reserved]

(3) Elephant Trunk Scallop Access Area. The Elephant Trunk Scallop Access 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
ETAA1 38°30′ N. 74°20′ W.
ETAA2 38°30′ N. 73°50′ W.
ETAA3 38°40′ N. 73°50′ W.
ETAA4 38°40′ N. 73°40′ W.
ETAA5 38°50′ N. 73°40′ W.
ETAA6 38°50′ N. 73°30′ W.
ETAA7 38°10′ N. 73°30′ W.
ETAA8 38°10′ N. 74°20′ W.
ETAA1 38°30′ N. 74°20′ W.

(4) Hudson Canyon Scallop Access Area. The Hudson Canyon Scallop Access 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
H1 39°30′ N. 73°10′ W.
H2 39°30′ N. 72°30′ W.
H3 38°30′ N. 73°30′ W.
H4 38°50′ N. 73°30′ W.
H5 38°50′ N. 73°42′ W.
H1 39°30′ N. 73°10′ W.

(b) Closed Area I Scallop Access Area.

(1) From March 1, 2016, through February 28, 2018 (i.e., fishing years 2016 and 2017), a vessel issued a scallop permit may not fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from, the area known as the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area, described in paragraph (b)(3) of this section, unless transiting in accordance with paragraph (f) of this section. A vessel issued both a NE multispecies permit and an LAGC scallop permit may not fish in an approved SAP under § 648.85 and under multispecies DAS in the scallop access area, unless it complies with restrictions in paragraph (b)(5)(ii)(C) of this section.

(2) [Reserved]

(3) The Closed Area I Scallop Access 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).

(4) [Reserved]

(c) Closed Area II Scallop Access Area.

(1) From March 1, 2016, through February 28, 2018 (i.e., fishing years 2016 and 2017), a vessel issued a scallop permit may not fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from, the area known as the Closed Area II Access Area, described in paragraph (c)(3) of this section, unless transiting in accordance with paragraph (f) of this section. A vessel issued both a NE multispecies permit and an LAGC scallop permit may not fish in an approved SAP under § 648.85 and under multispecies DAS in the scallop access area, unless it complies with restrictions in paragraph (c)(5)(ii)(C) of this section.

(2) [Reserved]

(3) The Closed Area II Scallop Access 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.

(4) Season. A vessel issued a scallop permit may not fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the area known as the Closed Area II Sea Scallop Access Area, described in paragraph (c)(3) of this section, during the period of August 15 through November 15 of each year the Closed Area II Access Area is open to scallop vessels, unless transiting pursuant to paragraph (f) of this section.

(d) Nantucket Lightship Scallop Access Area.

(1) From March 1, 2016, through February 28, 2018 (i.e., fishing years 2016 and 2017), a vessel issued a scallop permit may not fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the area known as the Nantucket Lightship Access Area, described in paragraph (d)(3) of this section, unless the vessel is an IFQ LAGC vessel participating in, and complying with the requirements of, the IFQ LAGC area access program described in § 648.60(g)(3), or the vessel is transiting pursuant to paragraph (f) of this section. A vessel issued both a NE multispecies permit and an LAGC scallop permit may not fish in an approved SAP under § 648.85 and under multispecies DAS in the scallop access area, unless it complies with restrictions in paragraph (d)(5)(ii)(C) of this section.

(2) [Reserved]

(3) The Nantucket Lightship Sea Scallop Access 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°20′ N. 69°00′ W.
NLAA4 40°20′ N. 69°30′ W.
NLAA1 40°50′ N. 69°30′ W.

(4) [Reserved]

(e) [Reserved]

(f) Transiting. A sea scallop vessel that has not declared a trip into the Sea Scallop Area Access Program may enter the Sea Scallop Access Areas described in paragraphs (a), (b), (d), and (e), of this section, and possess scallops not caught in the Sea Scallop Access Areas, for transiting purposes only, provided the vessel's fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2. A scallop vessel that has declared a trip into the Sea Scallop Area Access Program may transit a Scallop Access Area while steaming to or from another Scallop Access Area, provided 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 Access Area, as described in paragraph (c) 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.

[78 FR 27104, May 9, 2013, as amended at 79 FR 34262, June 16, 2014; 80 FR 22133, Apr. 21, 2015; 81 FR 26736, May 4, 2016]

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  • 2015-12-01; vol. 80 # 230 - Tuesday, December 1, 2015
    1. 80 FR 75008 - Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer
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      DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
      Temporary rule; quota transfer.
      Effective November 30, 2015, through December 31, 2015.
      50 CFR Part 648