50 CFR 648.81 - NE multispecies closed areas and measures to protect EFH.

§ 648.81 NE multispecies closed areas and measures to protect EFH.

(a)Closed Area I.

(1) No fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish, or be in the area known as Closed Area I (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request), as defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated, except as specified in paragraphs (a)(2) and (i) of this section:

Closed Area I

Point N. lat. W. long.
CI1 41°30′ 69°23′
CI2 40°45′ 68°45′
CI3 40°45′ 68°30′
CI4 41°30′ 68°30′
CI1 41°30′ 69°23′

(2) Unless otherwise restricted under the EFH Closure(s) specified in paragraph (h) of this section, paragraph (a)(1) of this section does not apply to persons on fishing vessels or fishing vessels:

(i) Fishing with or using pot gear designed and used to take lobsters, or pot gear designed and used to take hagfish, provided that there is no retention of regulated species and no other gear on board capable of catching NE multispecies;

(ii) Fishing with or using pelagic longline gear or pelagic hook-and-line gear, or harpoon gear, provided that there is no retention of regulated species, and provided that there is no other gear on board capable of catching NE multispecies;

(iii) Fishing with pelagic midwater trawl gear, consistent with § 648.80(d), provided that the Regional Administrator shall review information pertaining to the bycatch of regulated NE multispecies and, if the Regional Administrator determines, on the basis of sea sampling data or other credible information for this fishery, that the bycatch of regulated multispecies exceeds, or is likely to exceed, 1 percent of herring and mackerel harvested, by weight, in the fishery or by any individual fishing operation, the Regional Administrator may place restrictions and conditions in the letter of authorization for any or all individual fishing operations or, after consulting with the Council, suspend or prohibit any or all midwater trawl activities in the closed areas;

(iv) Fishing with tuna purse seine gear, provided that there is no retention of NE multispecies, and provided there is no other gear on board gear capable of catching NE multispecies. If the Regional Administrator determines through credible information, that tuna purse seine vessels are adversely affecting habitat or NE multispecies stocks, the Regional Administrator may, through notice action, consistent with the Administrative Procedure Act, prohibit individual purse seine vessels or all purse seine vessels from the area; or

(v) Fishing in a SAP, in accordance with the provisions of § 648.85(b).

(vi) Fishing for scallops within the Closed Area I Access Area defined in § 648.59(b)(3) during the season specified in § 648.59(b)(4), and pursuant to the provisions specified in § 648.60.

(b)Closed Area II.

(1) No fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish, or be in the area known as Closed Area II (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request), as defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated, except as specified in paragraph (b)(2) of this section:

Closed Area II

Point N. lat. W. long.
C1I1 41°00′ 67°20′
C1I2 41°00′ 66°35.8′
G5 41°18.6′ 66°24.8′ 1
C1I3 42°22′ 67°20′ 1
C1I1 41°00′ 67°20′ 1

1 The U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary.

(2) Unless otherwise restricted under the EFH Closure(s) specified in paragraph (h) of this section, paragraph (b)(1) of this section does not apply to persons on fishing vessels or fishing vessels -

(i) Fishing with gears as described in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) through (iii), and (a)(2)(v) of this section;

(ii) Fishing with tuna purse seine gear outside of the portion of CA II known as the Habitat Area of Particular Concern, as described in paragraph (h)(1)(v) of this section;

(iii) Fishing in the CA II Yellowtail Flounder/Haddock SAP or the Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock SAP Program as specified in § 648.85(b)(3)(ii) or (b)(8)(ii), respectively; or

(iv) Transiting the area, provided the vessel's fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2; and

(A) The operator has determined, and a preponderance of available evidence indicates, that there is a compelling safety reason; or

(B) The vessel has declared into the Eastern U.S./Canada Area as specified in § 648.85(a)(3)(ii) and is transiting CA II in accordance with the provisions of § 648.85(a)(3)(vii).

(v) Fishing for scallops within the Closed Area II Access Area defined in § 648.59(c)(3), during the season specified in § 648.59(c)(4), and pursuant to the provisions specified in § 648.60.

(c)Nantucket Lightship Closed Area.

(1) No fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish, or be in the area known as the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area (copies of a chart depicting this area are available from the Regional Administrator upon request), as defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated, except as specified in paragraphs (c)(2) and (i) of this section:

Nantucket Lightship Closed Area

Point N. lat. W. long.
G10 40°50′ 69°00′
CN1 40°20′ 69°00′
CN2 40°20′ 70°20′
CN3 40°5O′ 70°20′
G10 40°50′ 69°00′

(2) Unless otherwise restricted under the EFH Closure(s) specified in paragraph (h) of this section, paragraph (c)(1) of this section does not apply to persons on fishing vessels or fishing vessels:

(i) Fishing with gears as described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section; or

(ii) Classified as charter, party or recreational vessel, provided that:

(A) If the vessel is a party or charter vessel, it has a letter of authorization issued by the Regional Administrator on board, which is valid from the date of issuance through a minimum duration of 7 days;

(B) Fish species managed by the NEFMC or MAFMC that are harvested or possessed by the vessel, are not sold or intended for trade, barter or sale, regardless of where the fish are caught; and

(C) The vessel has no gear other than rod and reel or handline gear on board.

(D) The vessel does not fish outside the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area during the period specified by the letter of authorization; or

(iii) Fishing with or using dredge gear designed and used to take surfclams or ocean quahogs, provided that there is no retention of regulated species and no other gear on board capable of catching NE multispecies.

(iv) Fishing for scallops within the Nantucket Lightship Access Area defined in § 648.59(d)(3), during the season specified in § 648.59(d)(4), and pursuant to the provisions specified in § 648.60.

(d)Cashes Ledge Closure Area.

(1) No fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish in, or be in, and no fishing gear capable of catching NE multispecies, unless otherwise allowed in this part, may be in, or on board a vessel in the area known as the Cashes Ledge Closure Area, as defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated, except as specified in paragraphs (d)(2) and (i) of this section (a chart depicting this area is available from the Regional Administrator upon request):

Cashes Ledge Closure Area

Point N. lat. W. long.
CL1 43°07′ 69°02′
CL2 42°49.5′ 68°46′
CL3 42°46.5′ 68°50.5′
CL4 42°43.5′ 68°58.5′
CL5 42°42.5′ 69°17.5′
CL6 42°49.5′ 69°26′
CL1 43°07′ 69°02′

(2) Unless otherwise restricted under the EFH Closure(s) specified in paragraph (h) of this section, paragraph (d)(1) of this section does not apply to persons on fishing vessels or fishing vessels that meet the criteria in paragraphs (f)(5)(ii) through (v) of this section.

(e)Western GOM Closure Area.

(1) No fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish in, or be in, and no fishing gear capable of catching NE multispecies, unless otherwise allowed in this part, may be in, or on board a vessel in, the area known as the Western GOM Closure Area, as defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated, except as specified in paragraphs (e)(2) and (i) of this section:

Western GOM Closure Area 1

Point N. lat. W. long.
WGM1 42°15′ 70°15′
WGM2 42°15′ 69°55′
WGM3 43°15′ 69°55′
WGM4 43°15′ 70°15′
WGM1 42°15′ 70°15′

1 A chart depicting this area is available from the Regional Administrator upon request.

(2) Unless otherwise restricted under paragraph (h) of this section, paragraph (e)(1) of this section does not apply to persons on fishing vessels or fishing vessels that meet the criteria in paragraphs (f)(5)(ii) through (v) of this section consistent with the requirements specified under § 648.80(a)(5).

(f)GOM Cod Protection Closures.

(1) Unless otherwise allowed in this part, no fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish in, or be in; and no fishing gear capable of catching NE multispecies may be in, or on board a vessel in GOM Cod Protection Closures I through V as described, and during the times specified, in paragraphs (f)(4)(i) through (v) of this section.

(2) Any vessel subject to a GOM cod protection closure may transit the area, provided it complies with the requirements specified in paragraph (i) of this section.

(3) The New England Fishery Management Council shall review the GOM Cod Protection Closures Areas specified in this section when the spawning stock biomass for GOM cod reaches the minimum biomass threshold specified for the stock (50 percent of SSBMSY).

(4)GOM Cod Protection Closure Areas. Charts depicting these areas are available from the Regional Administrator upon request.

(i)GOM Cod Protection Closure I. From May 1 through May 31, the restrictions specified in paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this section apply to GOM Cod Protection Closure I, which is the area bounded by the following coordinates connected in the order stated by straight lines:

GOM Cod Protection Closure I

[May 1-May 31]

Point N. latitude W. longitude
CPCI 1 43°30′ N (1)
CPCI 2 43°30′ N 69°30′ W
CPCI 3 43°00′ N 69°30′ W
CPCI 4 43°00′ N 70°00′ W
CPCI 5 42°30′ N 70°00′ W
CPCI 6 42°30′ N 70°30′ W
CPCI 7 42°20′ N 70°30′ W
CPCI 8 42°20′ N (2) (3)
CPCI 1 43°30′ N (1) (3)

1 The intersection of 43°30′ N latitude and the coastline of Maine.

2 The intersection of 42°20′ N latitude and the coastline of Massachusetts.

3 From Point 8 back to Point 1 following the coastline of the United States.

(ii)GOM Cod Protection Closure II. From June 1 through June 30, the restrictions specified in paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this section apply to GOM Cod Protection Closure II, which is the area bounded by the following coordinates connected in the order stated by straight lines:

GOM Cod Protection Closure II

[June 1-June 30]

Point N. latitude W. longitude
CPCII 1 (1) 69°30′ W
CPCII 2 43°30′ N 69°30′ W
CPCII 3 43°30′ N 70°00′ W
CPCII 4 42°30′ N 70°00′ W
CPCII 5 42°30′ N 70°30′ W
CPCII 6 42°20′ N 70°30′ W
CPCII 7 42°20′ N (2) (3)
CPCII 8 42°30′ N (4) (3)
CPCII 9 42°30′ N 70°30′ W
CPCII 10 43°00′ N 70°30′ W
CPCII 11 43°00′ N (5) (6)
CPCII 1 (1) 69°30′ W 6

1 The intersection of 69°30′ W longitude and the coastline of Maine.

2 The intersection of 42°20′ N latitude and the coastline of Massachusetts.

3 From Point 7 to Point 8 following the coastline of Massachusetts.

4 The intersection of 42°30′ N latitude and the coastline of Massachusetts.

5 The intersection of 43°00′ N latitude and the coastline of New Hampshire.

6 From Point 11 back to Point 1 following the coastlines of New Hampshire and Maine.

(iii)GOM Cod Protection Closure III. From November 1 through January 31, the restrictions specified in paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this section apply to GOM Cod Protection Closure III, which is the area bounded by the following coordinates connected in the order stated by straight lines:

GOM Cod Protection Closure III

[November 1-January 31]

Point N. latitude W. longitude
CPCIII 1 42°30′ N (1)
CPCIII 2 42°30′ N 70°30′ W
CPCIII 3 42°15′ N 70°30′ W
CPCIII 4 42°15′ N 70°24′ W
CPCIII 5 42°00′ N 70°24′ W
CPCIII 6 42°00′ N (2) (3)
CPCIII 1 42°30′ N (1) (3)

1 The intersection of 42°30′ N latitude and the Massachusetts coastline.

2 The intersection of 42°00′ N latitude and the mainland Massachusetts coastline at Kingston, MA.

3 From Point 6 back to Point 1 following the coastline of Massachusetts.

(iv)GOM Cod Protection Closure IV. From October 1 through October 31, the restrictions specified in paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this section apply to GOM Cod Protection Closure IV, which is the area bounded by the following coordinates connected in the order stated by straight lines:

GOM Cod Protection Closure IV

[October 1-October 31]

Point N. latitude W. longitude
CPCIV 1 42°30′ N (1)
CPCIV 2 42°30′ N 70°00′ W
CPCIV 3 42°00′ N 70°00′ W
CPCIV 4 42°00′ N (2) (3)
CPCIV 1 42°30′ N (1) (3)

1 The intersection of 42°30′ N latitude and the Massachusetts coastline

2 The intersection of 42°00′ N latitude and the mainland Massachusetts coastline at Kingston, MA

3 From Point 4 back to Point 1 following the coastline of Massachusetts

(v)GOM Cod Protection Closure V. From March 1 through March 31, the restrictions specified in paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this section GOM Cod Protection Closure V, which is the area bounded by the following coordinates connected in the order stated by straight lines:

GOM Cod Protection Closure V

[March 1-March 31]

Point N. latitude W. longitude
CPCV 1 42°30′ N 70°00′ W
CPCV 2 42°30′ N 68°30′ W
CPCV 3 42°00′ N 68°30′ W
CPCV 4 42°00′ N 70°00′ W
CPCV 1 42°30′ N 70°00′ W

(5) The GOM cod protection closures specified in this section do not apply to persons aboard fishing vessels or fishing vessels that meet any of the following criteria:

(i) That have not been issued a multispecies permit and that are fishing exclusively in state waters;

(ii) That are fishing with or using exempted gear as defined under this part, except for pelagic gillnet gear capable of catching NE multispecies, unless fishing with a single pelagic gillnet not longer than 300 ft (91.4 m) and not greater than 6 ft (1.83 m) deep, with a maximum mesh size of 3 inches (7.6 cm), provided that:

(A) The net is attached to the boat and fished in the upper two-thirds of the water column;

(B) The net is marked with the owner's name and vessel identification number;

(C) There is no retention of regulated species; and

(D) There is no other gear on board capable of catching NE multispecies;

(iii) That are fishing in the Midwater Trawl Gear Exempted Fishery as specified in § 648.80(d);

(iv) That are fishing in the Purse Seine Gear Exempted Fishery as specified in § 648.80(e);

(v) That are fishing under charter/party or recreational regulations specified in § 648.89, provided that:

(A) For vessels fishing under charter/party regulations in a GOM cod protection closure described under paragraph (f)(4) of this section, it has on board a letter of authorization issued by the Regional Administrator, which is valid from the date of enrollment through the duration of the closure or 3 months duration, whichever is greater; for vessels fishing under charter/party regulations in the Cashes Ledge Closure Area or Western GOM Area Closure, as described under paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section, respectively, it has on board a letter of authorization issued by the Regional Administrator, which is valid from the date of enrollment until the end of the fishing year;

(B) Fish species managed by the NEFMC or MAFMC that are harvested or possessed by the vessel, are not sold or intended for trade, barter or sale, regardless of where the fish are caught;

(C) The vessel has no gear other than rod and reel or handline on board; and

(D) The vessel does not use any NE multispecies DAS during the entire period for which the letter of authorization is valid;

(vi) That are fishing with or using scallop dredge gear when fishing under a scallop DAS or when lawfully fishing in the Scallop Dredge Fishery Exemption Area as described in § 648.80(a)(11), provided the vessel does not retain any regulated NE multispecies during a trip, or on any part of a trip; or

(vii) That are fishing in the Raised Footrope Trawl Exempted Whiting Fishery, as specified in § 648.80(a)(15), or in the Small Mesh Area II Exemption Area, as specified in § 648.80(a)(9);

(viii) That are fishing on a sector trip, as defined in this part, and in the GOM Cod Protection Closures IV or V, as specified in paragraphs (f)(4)(iv) and (v) of this section; or

(ix) That are fishing under the provisions of a Northeast multispecies Handgear A permit, as specified at § 648.82(b)(6), and in the GOM Cod Protection Closures IV or V, as specified in paragraphs (f)(4)(iv) and (v) of this section .

(g)GB Seasonal Closure Area.

(1) From May 1 through May 31, no fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish in, or be in, and no fishing gear capable of catching NE multispecies, unless otherwise allowed in this part, may be in the area known as the GB Seasonal Closure Area, as defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated, except as specified in paragraphs (g)(2) and (i) of this section:

Georges Bank Seasonal Closure Area

[May 1-May 31]

Point N. lat. W. long.
GB1 42°00′ ( 1)
GB2 42°00′ 68°30′
GB3 42°20′ 68°30′
GB4 42°20′ 67°20′
GB5 41°30′ 67°20′
CI1 41°30′ 69°23′
CI2 40°45′ 68°45′
CI3 40°45′ 68°30′
GB6 40°30′ 68°30′
GB7 40°30′ 69°00′
G10 40°50′ 69°00′
GB8 40°50′ 69°30′
GB9 41°00′ 69°30′
GB10 41°00′ 70°00′
G12 ( 1) 70° 00′

1 Northward to its intersection with the shoreline of mainland MA.

(2) Paragraph (g)(1) of this section does not apply to persons on fishing vessels or to fishing vessels that meet any of the following criteria:

(i) That meet the criteria in paragraphs (f)(5)(i), (ii), or (iii) of this section;

(ii) That are fishing as charter/party or recreational vessels;

(iii) That are fishing with or using scallop dredge gear when fishing under a scallop DAS, and provided that the vessel complies with the NE multispecies possession restrictions for scallop vessels specified at § 648.80(h); or when lawfully fishing in the Scallop Dredge Fishery Exemption Areas, as described in paragraphs (a)(11) and (18) of this section.

(iv) That are fishing in the CA I Hook Gear Haddock Access Area pursuant to § 648.85(b)(7).

(v) That are fishing under the restrictions and conditions of an approved sector operations plan, as specified in § 648.87(c).

(vi) That are fishing under the provisions of a Northeast multispecies Handgear A permit, as specified at § 648.82(b)(6), or the provisions of a Northeast multispecies Handgear B permit, as specified at § 648.88(a).

(h)Essential Fish Habitat Closure Areas.

(1) In addition to the restrictions under paragraphs (a) through (e) of this section, no fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel with bottom tending mobile gear on board the vessel may enter, fish in, or be in the EFH Closure Areas described in paragraphs (h)(1)(i) through (vi) of this section, unless otherwise specified. A chart depicting these areas is available from the Regional Administrator upon request.

(i)Western GOM Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this section apply to the Western GOM Habitat Closure Area, which is the area bound 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′

(ii)Cashes Ledge Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this section apply to the Cashes Ledge Habitat Closure Area, which is the area defined 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′

(iii)Jeffrey's Bank Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this section apply to the Jeffrey's Bank Habitat Closure Area, which is the area bound 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′

(iv)Closed Area I Habitat Closure Areas. The restrictions specified in paragraph (h)(1) 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 bound by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

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′ 69°01′
CI1 41°30′ 69°23′

Closed Area I - South Habitat Closure Area

Point N. lat. W. long.
CIH3 40°55′ 68°53′
CIH4 40°58′ 68°30′
CI3 40°45′ 68°30′
CI2 40°45′ 68°45′
CIH3 40°55′ 68°53′

(v)Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in this paragraph (h)(1) apply to the Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area (also referred to as the Habitat Area of Particular Concern), which is the area bound 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′

(vi)Nantucket Lightship Habitat Closure Area. The restrictions specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this section apply to the Nantucket Lightship Habitat Closure Area, which is the area bound 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′

(2) [Reserved]

(i)Transiting. Unless otherwise restricted or specified in this paragraph (i), a vessel may transit CA I, the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area, the Cashes Ledge Closed Area, the Western GOM Closure Area, the GOM Cod Protection Closures, the GB Seasonal Closure Area, the EFH Closure Areas, and the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area, as defined in paragraphs (a)(1), (c)(1), (d)(1), (e)(1), (f)(4), (g)(1), (h)(1), and (n)(1), of this section, respectively, provided that its gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2. A vessel may transit CA II, as defined in paragraph (b)(1) of this section, in accordance with paragraph (b)(2)(iv) of this section. Private recreational or charter/party vessels fishing under the Northeast multispecies provisions specified at § 648.89 may transit the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area, as defined in paragraph (n)(1) of this section, provided all bait and hooks are removed from fishing rods, and any regulated species on board have been caught outside the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area and has been gutted and stored.

(j)Restricted Gear Area I.

(1) Restricted Gear Area I is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Point N. latitude W. longitude
Inshore Boundary
to 120
69 40°07.9′ 68°36.0′
70 40°07.2′ 68°38.4′
71 40°06.9′ 68°46.5′
72 40°08.7′ 68°49.6′
73 40°08.1′ 68°51.0′
74 40°05.7′ 68°52.4′
75 40°03.6′ 68°57.2′
76 40°03.65′ 69°00.0′
77 40°04.35′ 69°00.5′
78 40°05.2′ 69°00.5′
79 40°05.3′ 69°01.1′
80 40°08.9′ 69°01.75′
81 40°11.0′ 69°03.8′
82 40°11.6′ 69°05.4′
83 40°10.25′ 69°04.4′
84 40°09.75′ 69°04.15′
85 40°08.45′ 69°03.6′
86 40°05.65′ 69°03.55′
87 40°04.1′ 69°03.9′
88 40°02.65′ 69°05.6′
89 40°02.00′ 69°08.35′
90 40°02.65′ 69°11.15′
91 40°00.05′ 69°14.6′
92 39°57.8′ 69°20.35′
93 39°56.65′ 69°24.4′
94 39°56.1′ 69°26.35′
95 39°56.55′ 69°34.1′
96 39°57.85′ 69°35.5′
97 40°00.65′ 69°36.5′
98 40°00.9′ 69°37.3′
99 39°59.15′ 69°37.3′
100 39°58.8′ 69°38.45′
102 39°56.2′ 69°40.2′
103 39°55.75′ 69°41.4′
104 39°56.7′ 69°53.6′
105 39°57.55′ 69°54.05′
106 39°57.4′ 69°55.9′
107 39°56.9′ 69°57.45′
108 39°58.25′ 70°03.0′
110 39°59.2′ 70°04.9′
111 40°00.7′ 70°08.7′
112 40°03.75′ 70°10.15′
115 40°05.2′ 70°10.9′
116 40°02.45′ 70°14.1′
119 40°02.75′ 70°16.1′
to 181
Offshore Boundary
to 69
120 40°06.4′ 68°35.8′
121 40°05.25′ 68°39.3′
122 40°05.4′ 68°44.5′
123 40°06.0′ 68°46.5′
124 40°07.4′ 68°49.6′
125 40°05.55′ 68°49.8′
126 40°03.9′ 68°51.7′
127 40°02.25′ 68°55.4′
128 40°02.6′ 69°00.0′
129 40°02.75′ 69°00.75′
130 40°04.2′ 69°01.75′
131 40°06.15′ 69°01.95′
132 40°07.25′ 69°02.0′
133 40°08.5′ 69°02.25′
134 40°09.2′ 69°02.95′
135 40°09.75′ 69°03.3′
136 40°09.55′ 69°03.85′
137 40°08.4′ 69°03.4′
138 40°07.2′ 69°03.3′
139 40°06.0′ 69°03.1′
140 40°05.4′ 69°03.05′
141 40°04.8′ 69°03.05′
142 40°03.55′ 69°03.55′
143 40°01.9′ 69°03.95′
144 40°01.0′ 69°04.4′
146 39°59.9′ 69°06.25′
147 40°00.6′ 69°10.05′
148 39°59.25′ 69°11.15′
149 39°57.45′ 69°16.05′
150 39°56.1′ 69°20.1′
151 39°54.6′ 69°25.65′
152 39°54.65′ 69°26.9′
153 39°54.8′ 69°30.95′
154 39°54.35′ 69°33.4′
155 39°55.0′ 69°34.9′
156 39°56.55′ 69°36.0′
157 39°57.95′ 69°36.45′
158 39°58.75′ 69°36.3′
159 39°58.8′ 69°36.95′
160 39°57.95′ 69°38.1′
161 39°54.5′ 69°38.25′
162 39°53.6′ 69°46.5′
163 39°54.7′ 69°50.0′
164 39°55.25′ 69°51.4′
165 39°55.2′ 69°53.1′
166 39°54.85′ 69°53.9′
167 39°55.7′ 69°54.9′
168 39°56.15′ 69°55.35′
169 39°56.05′ 69°56.25′
170 39°55.3′ 69°57.1′
171 39°54.8′ 69°58.6′
172 39°56.05′ 70°00.65′
173 39°55.3′ 70°02.95′
174 39°56.9′ 70°11.3′
175 39°58.9′ 70°11.5′
176 39°59.6′ 70°11.1′
177 40°01.35′ 70°11.2′
178 40°02.6′ 70°12.0′
179 40°00.4′ 70°12.3′
180 39°59.75′ 70°13.05′
181 39°59.3′ 70°14.0′
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(i)Mobile gear. From October 1 through June 15, no fishing vessel with mobile gear or person on a fishing vessel with mobile gear may fish or be in Restricted Gear Area I, unless transiting. Vessels may transit this area provided that mobile gear is on board the vessel while inside the area, provided that its gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2.

(ii)Lobster pot gear. From June 16 through September 30, no fishing vessel with lobster pot gear aboard, or person on a fishing vessel with lobster pot gear aboard may fish in, and no lobster pot gear may be deployed or remain in, Restricted Gear Area I.

(k)Restricted Gear Area II.

(1) Restricted Gear Area II is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Point Latitude Longitude
Inshore Boundary
to 1
49 40°02.75′ N. 70°16.1′ W.
50 40°00.7′ N. 70°18.6′ W.
51 39°59.8′ N. 70°21.75′ W.
52 39°59.75′ N. 70°25.5′ W.
53 40°03.85′ N. 70°28.75′ W.
54 40°00.55′ N. 70°32.1′ W.
55 39°59.15′ N. 70°34.45′ W.
56 39°58.9′ N. 70°38.65′ W.
57 40°00.1′ N. 70°45.1′ W.
58 40°00.5′ N. 70°57.6′ W.
59 40°02.0′ N. 71°01.3′ W.
60 39°59.3′ N. 71°18.4′ W.
61 40°00.7′ N. 71°19.8′ W.
62 39°57.5′ N. 71°20.6′ W.
63 39°53.1′ N. 71°36.1′ W.
64 39°52.6′ N. 71°40.35′ W.
65 39°53.1′ N. 71°42.7′ W.
66 39°46.95′ N. 71°49.0′ W.
67 39°41.15′ N. 71°57.1′ W.
68 39°35.45′ N. 72°02.0′ W.
69 39°32.65′ N. 72°06.1′ W.
70 39°29.75′ N. 72°09.8′ W.
to 48
Offshore Boundary
to 49
1 39°59.3′ N. 70°14.0′ W.
2 39°58.85′ N. 70°15.2′ W.
3 39°59.3′ N. 70°18.4′ W.
4 39°58.1′ N. 70°19.4′ W.
5 39°57.0′ N. 70°19.85′ W.
6 39°57.55′ N. 70°21.25′ W.
7 39°57.5′ N. 70°22.8′ W.
8 39°57.1′ N. 70°25.4′ W.
9 39°57.65′ N. 70°27.05′ W.
10 39°58.58′ N. 70°27.7′ W.
11 40°00.65′ N. 70°28.8′ W.
12 40°02.2′ N. 70°29.15′ W.
13 40°01.0′ N. 70°30.2′ W.
14 39°58.58′ N. 70°31.85′ W.
15 39°57.05′ N. 70°34.35′ W.
16 39°56.42′ N. 70°36.8′ W.
21 39°58.15′ N. 70°48.0′ W.
24 39°58.3′ N. 70°51.1′ W.
25 39°58.1′ N. 70°52.25′ W.
26 39°58.05′ N. 70°53.55′ W.
27 39°58.4′ N. 70°59.6′ W.
28 39°59.8′ N. 71°01.05′ W.
29 39°58.2′ N. 71°05.85′ W.
30 39°57.45′ N. 71°12.15′ W.
31 39°57.2′ N. 71°15.0′ W.
32 39°56.3′ N. 71°18.95′ W.
33 39°51.4′ N. 71°36.1′ W.
34 39°51.75′ N. 71°41.5′ W.
35 39°50.05′ N. 71°42.5′ W.
36 39°50.0′ N. 71°45.0′ W.
37 39°48.95′ N. 71°46.05′ W.
38 39°46.6′ N. 71°46.1′ W.
39 39°43.5′ N. 71°49.4′ W.
40 39°41.3′ N. 71°55.0′ W.
41 39°39.0′ N. 71°55.6′ W.
42 39°36.72′ N. 71°58.25′ W.
43 39°35.15′ N. 71°58.55′ W.
44 39°34.5′ N. 72°00.75′ W.
45 39°32.2′ N. 72°02.25′ W.
46 39°32.15′ N. 72°04.1′ W.
47 39°28.5′ N. 72°06.5′ W.
48 39°29.0′ N. 72°09.25′ W.
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(i)Mobile gear. From November 27 through June 15, no fishing vessel with mobile gear aboard, or person on a fishing vessel with mobile gear aboard, may fish or be in Restricted Gear Area II, unless transiting. Vessels may transit this area, provided that all mobile gear is on board the vessel while inside the area, and stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2.

(ii)Lobster pot gear. From June 16 through November 26, no fishing vessel with lobster pot gear aboard, or person on a fishing vessel with lobster pot gear aboard, may fish in, and no lobster pot gear may be deployed or remain in, Restricted Gear Area II.

(l)Restricted Gear Area III.

(1) Restricted Gear Area III is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Point Latitude Longitude
Inshore Boundary
to 49
182 40°05.6′ N. 70°17.7′ W.
183 40°06.5′ N. 70°40.05′ W.
184 40°11.05′ N. 70°45.8′ W.
185 40°12.75′ N. 70°55.05′ W.
186 40°10.7′ N. 71°10.25′ W.
187 39°57.9′ N. 71°28.7′ W.
188 39°55.6′ N. 71°41.2′ W.
189 39°55.85′ N. 71°45.0′ W.
190 39°53.75′ N. 71°52.25′ W.
191 39°47.2′ N. 72°01.6′ W.
192 39°33.65′ N. 72°15.0′ W.
to 70
Offshore Boundary
to 182
49 40°02.75′ N. 70°16.1′ W.
50 40°00.7′ N. 70°18.6′ W.
51 39°59.8′ N. 70°21.75′ W.
52 39°59.75′ N. 70°25.5′ W.
53 40°03.85′ N. 70°28.75′ W.
54 40°00.55′ N. 70°32.1′ W.
55 39°59.15′ N. 70°34.45′ W.
56 39°58.9′ N. 70°38.65′ W.
57 40°00.1′ N. 70°45.1′ W.
58 40°00.5′ N. 70°57.6′ W.
59 40°02.0′ N. 71°01.3′ W.
60 39°59.3′ N. 71°18.4′ W.
61 40°00.7′ N. 71°19.8′ W.
62 39°57.5′ N. 71°20.6′ W.
63 39°53.1′ N. 71°36.1′ W.
64 39°52.6′ N. 71°40.35′ W.
65 39°53.1′ N. 71°42.7′ W.
66 39°46.95′ N. 71°49.0′ W.
67 39°41.15′ N. 71°57.1′ W.
68 39°35.45′ N. 72°02.0′ W.
69 39°32.65′ N. 72°06.1′ W.
70 39°29.75′ N. 72°09.8′ W.
to 192

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(i)Mobile gear. From June 16 through November 26, no fishing vessel with mobile gear aboard, or person on a fishing vessel with mobile gear aboard, may fish or be in Restricted Gear Area III, unless transiting. Vessels may transit this area provided that all mobile gear is on board the vessel while inside the area, and is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2.

(ii)Lobster pot gear. From January 1 through April 30, no fishing vessel with lobster pot gear aboard, or person on a fishing vessel with lobster pot gear aboard, may fish in, and no lobster pot gear may be deployed or remain in, Restricted Gear Area III.

(m)Restricted Gear Area IV.

(1) Restricted Gear Area IV is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Point Latitude Longitude
Inshore Boundary
193 40°13.60′ N. 68°40.60′ W.
194 40°11.60′ N. 68°53.00′ W.
195 40°14.00′ N. 69°04.70′ W.
196 40°14.30′ N. 69°05.80′ W.
197 40°05.50′ N. 69°09.00′ W.
198 39°57.30′ N. 69°25.10′ W.
199 40°00.40′ N. 69°35.20′ W.
200 40°01.70′ N. 69°35.40′ W.
201 40°01.70′ N. 69°37.40′ W.
202 40°00.50′ N. 69°38.80′ W.
203 40°01.30′ N. 69°45.00′ W.
204 40°02.10′ N. 69°45.00′ W.
205 40°07.60′ N. 70°04.50′ W.
206 40°07.80′ N. 70°09.20′ W.
to 119
Offshore Boundary
69 40°07.90′ N. 68°36.00′ W.
70 40°07.20′ N. 68°38.40′ W.
71 40°06.90′ N. 68°46.50′ W.
72 40°08.70′ N. 68°49.60′ W.
73 40°08.10′ N. 68°51.00′ W.
74 40°05.70′ N. 68°52.40′ W.
75 40°03.60′ N. 68°57.20′ W.
76 40°03.65′ N. 69°00.00′ W.
77 40°04.35′ N. 69°00.50′ W.
78 40°05.20′ N. 69°00.50′ W.
79 40°05.30′ N. 69°01.10′ W.
80 40°08.90′ N. 69°01.75′ W.
81 40°11.00′ N. 69°03.80′ W.
82 40°11.60′ N. 69°05.40′ W.
83 40°10.25′ N. 69°04.40′ W.
84 40°09.75′ N. 69°04.15′ W.
85 40°08.45′ N. 69°03.60′ W.
86 40°05.65′ N. 69°03.55′ W.
87 40°04.10′ N. 69°03.90′ W.
88 40°02.65′ N. 69°05.60′ W.
89 40°02.00′ N. 69°08.35′ W.
90 40°02.65′ N. 69°11.15′ W.
91 40°00.05′ N. 69°14.60′ W.
92 39°57.8′ N. 69°20.35′ W.
93 39°56.75′ N. 69°24.40′ W.
94 39°56.50′ N. 69°26.35′ W.
95 39°56.80′ N. 69°34.10′ W.
96 39°57.85′ N. 69°35.05′ W.
97 40°00.65′ N. 69°36.50′ W.
98 40°00.90′ N. 69°37.30′ W.
99 39°59.15′ N. 69°37.30′ W.
100 39°58.80′ N. 69°38.45′ W.
102 39°56.20′ N. 69°40.20′ W.
103 39°55.75′ N. 69°41.40′ W.
104 39°56.70′ N. 69°53.60′ W.
105 39°57.55′ N. 69°54.05′ W.
106 39°57.40′ N. 69°55.90′ W.
107 39°56.90′ N. 69°57.45′ W.
108 39°58.25′ N. 70°03.00′ W.
110 39°59.20′ N. 70°04.90′ W.
111 40°00.70′ N. 70°08.70′ W.
112 40°03.75′ N. 70°10.15′ W.
115 40°05.20′ N. 70°10.90′ W.
116 40°02.45′ N. 70°14.1′ W.
119 40°02.75′ N. 70°16.1′ W.
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(i)Mobile gear. From June 16 through September 30, no fishing vessel with mobile gear aboard, or person on a fishing vessel with mobile gear aboard may fish or be in Restricted Gear Area IV, unless transiting. Vessels may transit this area, provided that all mobile gear is on board the vessel while inside the area, and is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2.

(ii) [Reserved]

(n)GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area.

(1) Except as specified in paragraph (n)(2) of this section, from April through June of each year, no fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may enter, fish in, or be in; and no fishing gear capable of catching NE multispecies may be used on, or be on board, a vessel in the GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area, as defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated (a chart depicting this area is available from the RA upon request):

GOM Cod Spawning Protection Area

Point N. latitude W. longitude
CSPA1 42°50.95′ 70°32.22′
CSPA2 42°47.65′ 70°35.64′
CSPA3 42°54.91′ 70°41.88′
CSPA4 42°58.27′ 70°38.64′
CSPA1 42°50.95′ 70°32.22′

(2) Paragraph (n)(1) of this section does not apply to persons on a fishing vessel or fishing vessels:

(i) That have not been issued a NE multispecies permit and that are fishing exclusively in state waters;

(ii) That are fishing with or using exempted gear as defined under this part, excluding pelagic gillnet gear capable of catching NE multispecies, except for vessels fishing with a single pelagic gillnet not longer than 300 ft (91.4 m) and not greater than 6 ft (1.83 m) deep, with a maximum mesh size of 3 inches (7.6 cm), provided:

(A) The net is attached to the vessel and fished in the upper two-thirds of the water column;

(B) The net is marked with the vessel owner's name and vessel identification number;

(C) There is no retention of regulated species or ocean pout; and

(D) There is no other gear on board capable of catching NE multispecies;

(iii) That are fishing as a charter/party or recreational fishing vessel, provided that:

(A) With the exception of tuna, fish harvested or possessed by the vessel are not sold or intended for trade, barter, or sale, regardless where the species are caught;

(B) The vessel has no gear other than pelagic hook and line gear, as defined in this part, on board unless that gear is properly stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in § 648.2; and

(C) There is no retention of regulated species, or ocean pout; and

(iv) That are transiting pursuant to paragraph (i) of this section.

[ 69 FR 22964, Apr. 27, 2004]
Editorial Notes:
1. For Federal Register citations affecting § 648.81, see the List of CFR Sections Affected, which appears in the Finding Aids section of the printed volume and at www.fdsys.gov.

This is a list of United States Code sections, Statutes at Large, Public Laws, and Presidential Documents, which provide rulemaking authority for this CFR Part.

This list is taken from the Parallel Table of Authorities and Rules provided by GPO [Government Printing Office].

It is not guaranteed to be accurate or up-to-date, though we do refresh the database weekly. More limitations on accuracy are described at the GPO site.


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