N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-18.5A - Artificial reefs

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) This section establishes the location of the artificial reefs located in State waters and the full access zones located within certain reefs. The artificial reefs are open to all recreational and commercial activities except no person shall use, leave, deploy, or tend any lobster, fish, or conch pot within an artificial reef located in State waters except in an area designated as a full access zone under this section. Persons who use, leave, deploy, or tend lobster, fish, or conch pots in a full access zone may do so only in compliance with (d) below.
(b) The locations and boundaries of the Sandy Hook Reef site and the Axel J. Carlson Jr. Reef site are as follows:
1. The Sandy Hook Reef site is located approximately 1.4 miles east of Sea Bright, Monmouth County. The site is located approximately 5.7 nautical miles at a compass bearing of 157 degrees from Sandy Hook Channel. The boundaries of the Sandy Hook Reef site are as follows (latitude and longitude expressed as dd mm.mmm, that is, degrees minutes and thousandths of minutes):

Boundaries Latitude Longitude
NE Corner 40 23.300' 73 55.880'
NW Corner 40 23.300' 73 56.600'
SE Corner 40 20.880' 73 55.880'
SW Corner 40 20.880' 74 56.600'
2. The Axel J. Carlson Jr. Reef site is located approximately 2.0 miles east of Mantoloking, Ocean County. The site is located approximately 4.4 nautical miles at a compass bearing of 166 degrees from Manasquan Inlet. The boundaries of the Axel J. Carlson Jr. Reef site are as follows (latitude and longitude expressed as dd mm.mmm, that is, degrees minutes and thousandths of minutes):

Boundaries Latitude Longitude
NE Corner 40 03.720' 73 58.570'
NW Corner 40 04.180' 73 59.750'
SE Corner 39 59.830' 73 59.400'
SW Corner 40 00.350' 74 00.650'
(c) The boundaries of the full access zones are as follows:
1. At the Sandy Hook Reef site, the full access zone is that portion of the Sandy Hook Reef site lying within a continuous line beginning at 40 22.800' 73 56.600' to 40 22.800' 73 55.880'; then south to 40 22.500' 73 55.880'; then west to 40 22.500' 73 56.300'; then south to 40 22.400' 73 56.300' and west to 40 22.400' 73 56.600' (latitude and longitude expressed as dd mm.mmm, that is, degrees minutes and thousandths of minutes).
2. At the Axel J. Carlson, Jr. Reef site, there are two full access zones, the North full access zone and the South full access zone.
i. The North full access zone is that portion of the Axel J. Carlson, Jr. Reef site lying within a continuous line beginning at 40 04.180' 73 59.750' to 40 04.110' 73 59.600'; then south to 40 03.500' 73 59.600'; then west to 40 03.500' 73 59.906' (latitude and longitude expressed as dd mm.mmm, that is, degrees minutes and thousandths of minutes); and
ii. The South full access zone is that portion of the Axel J. Carlson, Jr. Reef site lying within a continuous line beginning at 40 00.900' 74 00.499' to 40 00.900' 74 00.000'; then south to 40 00.060' 74 00.000'; then west to 40 00.350' 74 00.650' (latitude and longitude expressed as dd mm.mmm, that is, degrees minutes and thousandths of minutes).
(d) Any person intending to use, leave, deploy, or tend any lobster, fish, or conch pot within a full access zone shall hold the appropriate license as provided under 7:25-18.5(g)11 and shall comply with the following:
1. Lobster, fish, and conch pots shall be used, left, deployed, or tended only:
i. In an area designated as a full access zone under this section; and
ii. Between sunrise and sunset.
2. When deploying lobster, fish, and conch pots or setting strings of such pots, the following requirements shall be met:
i. All deployed lobster, fish, and conch pots shall be marked with buoys or flags, either individually or at the beginning and end of a string. All buoys, flags, and strings shall meet the requirements of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region's Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan and Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan, and the NOAA Office of Protected Resources' Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan, 50 CFR Part 229, and any amendments thereto, incorporated herein by reference. The Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan is available from NOAA at http://www.nero.noaa.gov/Protected/whaletrp/, the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan is available at http://www.nero.noaa.gov/protected/porptrp/, and the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan is available at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/interactions/trt/bdtrp.htm.
ii. Strings of lobster, fish, and conch pots shall contain no more than 20 pots.
3. Two hours' notice shall be provided to the Marine Law Enforcement Unit by calling (609) 748-2050 prior to any lobster, fish, or conch pot being deployed. The notice shall include the operator's name; vessel name; license number for the lobster, fish, and conch pots or traps being tended; date, time, and port of landing; and on what reef and in what zone the pots will be deployed.
(e) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the following penalties and/or suspension or revocation of the applicable license:
1. Deployment or tending of lobster, fish, or conch pots outside a designated full access zone or between sunset and sunrise:
i. First offense: $ 100.00 penalty and 30-day suspension of lobster, fish, or conch pot license.
ii. Second offense: $ 200.00 penalty and permanent revocation of lobster, fish, or conch pot license.
2. Deployment or tending of gear not marked or not properly marked with a buoy or flag, or setting strings with more than 20 pots or strings not meeting the requirements of (d)2 above:
i. First offense: $ 100.00 penalty and 30-day suspension of lobster, fish, or conch pot license.
ii. Second offense: $ 200.00 penalty and 45-day suspension of lobster, fish, or conch pot license.
iii. Third offense: $ 200.00 penalty and permanent revocation of lobster, fish, or conch pot license.
3. Failure to provide notification in accordance with (d)3 above:
i. First offense: $ 100.00 penalty.
ii. Second offense: $ 200.00 penalty.
iii. Third or subsequent offenses: $ 200.00 penalty and 30-day suspension of lobster, fish, or conch pot license.
(f) In calculating the period of suspension or revocation applicable pursuant to (e) above, the number of previous suspensions imposed pursuant to (e)1, 2, or 3 above, respectively, shall be reduced by one for each three-year period in which the license holder does not commit any other violation subject to penalty and/or suspension or revocation under the same paragraph in (e) above. If more than one suspension is imposed under the same paragraph (for example, two violations subject to (e)2 above) within a three-year period, only one of those suspensions may be forgiven under this subsection. Therefore, a license holder who incurs more than one suspension under a single paragraph of (e) above within a three-year period shall not be considered a first offender under this subsection regardless of the length of any subsequent period without violation. Any reduction in suspensions as provided in this subsection applies only to the determination of the period of suspension. All prior suspensions shall be taken into account in calculating monetary penalties in accordance with section (e) above.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 7:25-18.5A
Adopted by 47 N.J.R. 2669(c), effective 11/2/2015

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