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Title 50Chapter VIPart 622 → Subpart K


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 622—FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC


Subpart K—Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region


Contents
§622.220   Permits.
§622.221   Recordkeeping and reporting.
§622.222   Prohibited gear and methods.
§622.223   Prohibited species.
§622.224   Area closures to protect South Atlantic corals.
§622.225   Harvest limitations.
§622.226   Restrictions on sale/purchase.
§622.227   Adjustment of management measures.

§622.220   Permits.

See §622.4 for information regarding general permit procedures including, but not limited to fees, duration, transfer, renewal, display, sanctions and denials, and replacement.

(a) Required permits—(1) Allowable chemical. For an individual to take or possess fish or other marine organisms with an allowable chemical in a coral area, other than fish or other marine organisms that are landed in Florida, a Federal allowable chemical permit must have been issued to the individual. Such permit must be available when the permitted activity is being conducted and when such fish or other marine organisms are possessed, through landing ashore.

(2) Allowable octocoral. For an individual to take or possess allowable octocoral in the South Atlantic EEZ, other than allowable octocoral that is landed in Florida, a Federal allowable octocoral permit must have been issued to the individual. Such permit must be available for inspection when the permitted activity is being conducted and when allowable octocoral is possessed, through landing ashore.

(3) Aquacultured live rock. For a person to take or possess aquacultured live rock in the South Atlantic EEZ, a Federal aquacultured live rock permit must have been issued for the specific harvest site. Such permit, or a copy, must be on board a vessel depositing or possessing material on an aquacultured live rock site or harvesting or possessing live rock from an aquacultured live rock site.

(4) Prohibited coral. A Federal permit may be issued to take or possess South Atlantic prohibited coral only as scientific research activity, exempted fishing, or exempted educational activity. See §600.745 of this chapter for the procedures and limitations for such activities and fishing.

(5) Florida permits. Appropriate Florida permits and endorsements are required for the following activities, without regard to whether they involve activities in the EEZ or Florida's waters:

(i) Landing in Florida fish or other marine organisms taken with an allowable chemical in a coral area.

(ii) Landing allowable octocoral in Florida.

(iii) Landing live rock in Florida.

(b) Application. (1) The applicant for a coral permit must be the individual who will be conducting the activity that requires the permit. In the case of a corporation or partnership that will be conducting live rock aquaculture activity, the applicant must be the principal shareholder or a general partner.

(2) An applicant must provide the following:

(i) Name, address, telephone number, and other identifying information of the applicant.

(ii) Name and address of any affiliated company, institution, or organization.

(iii) Information concerning vessels, harvesting gear/methods, or fishing areas, as specified on the application form.

(iv) Any other information that may be necessary for the issuance or administration of the permit.

(v) If applying for an aquacultured live rock permit, identification of each vessel that will be depositing material on or harvesting aquacultured live rock from the proposed aquacultured live rock site, specification of the port of landing of aquacultured live rock, and a site evaluation report prepared pursuant to generally accepted industry standards that—

(A) Provides accurate coordinates of the proposed harvesting site so that it can be located using LORAN or Global Positioning System equipment;

(B) Shows the site on a chart in sufficient detail to determine its size and allow for site inspection;

(C) Discusses possible hazards to safe navigation or hindrance to vessel traffic, traditional fishing operations, or other public access that may result from aquacultured live rock at the site;

(D) Describes the naturally occurring bottom habitat at the site; and

(E) Specifies the type and origin of material to be deposited on the site and how it will be distinguishable from the naturally occurring substrate.

§622.221   Recordkeeping and reporting.

(a) Individuals with coral or live rock permits. (1) An individual with a Federal allowable octocoral permit must submit a report of harvest to the SRD. Specific reporting requirements will be provided with the permit.

(2) A person with a Federal aquacultured live rock permit must report to the RA each deposition of material on a site. Such reports must be postmarked not later than 7 days after deposition and must contain the following information:

(i) Permit number of site and date of deposit.

(ii) Geological origin of material deposited.

(iii) Amount of material deposited.

(iv) Source of material deposited, that is, where obtained, if removed from another habitat, or from whom purchased.

(3) A person who takes aquacultured live rock must submit a report of harvest to the RA. Specific reporting requirements will be provided with the permit. This reporting requirement is waived for aquacultured live rock that is landed in Florida.

(b) [Reserved]

§622.222   Prohibited gear and methods.

Also see §622.9 for additional prohibited gear and methods that apply more broadly to multiple fisheries or in some cases all fisheries.

(a) Power-assisted tools. A power-assisted tool may not be used in the South Atlantic EEZ to take allowable octocoral, prohibited coral, or live rock.

(b) [Reserved]

§622.223   Prohibited species.

(a) General. The harvest and possession restrictions of this section apply without regard to whether the species is harvested by a vessel operating under a commercial vessel permit. The operator of a vessel that fishes in the EEZ is responsible for the limit applicable to that vessel.

(b) Prohibited coral. South Atlantic prohibited coral taken as incidental catch in the South Atlantic EEZ must be returned immediately to the sea in the general area of fishing. In fisheries where the entire catch is landed unsorted, such as the scallop and groundfish fisheries, unsorted prohibited coral may be landed ashore; however, no person may sell or purchase such prohibited coral.

(c) Wild live rock. Wild live rock may not be harvested or possessed in the South Atlantic EEZ.

(d) Octocoral. Octocoral may not be harvested or possessed in or from the portion of the South Atlantic EEZ managed under the FMP. Octocoral collected in the portion of the South Atlantic EEZ managed under the FMP must be released immediately with a minimum of harm.

§622.224   Area closures to protect South Atlantic corals.

(a) Allowable octocoral closed area. No person may harvest or possess allowable octocoral in the South Atlantic EEZ north of 28°35.1 N. lat. (due east of the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building, Cape Canaveral, FL).

(b) Oculina Bank—(1) HAPC. The Oculina Bank HAPC is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin29°4329.8280°1448.06
129°433080°1548.24
229°3451.6680°1500.78
329°3407.3880°1551.66
429°2924.980°1515.78
529°0932.5280°1217.22
629°0445.1880°1012
728°5601.8680°0853.64
828°5244.4080°0853.04
928°4728.5680°0707.44
1028°4613.6880°0715.9
1128°4116.3280°0558.74
1228°3505.7680°0514.28
1328°3350.9480°0524.6
1428°3051.3680°0423.94
1528°300080°0357.3
1628°3080°03
1728°1680°03
1828°043080°0110.08
1928°043080°00
2027°3080°00
2127°3079°54—Point corresponding with intersection with the 100-fathom (183-m) contour, as shown on the latest edition of NOAA chart 11460
Note: Line between point 21 and point 22 follows the 100-fathom (183-m) contour, as shown on the latest edition of NOAA chart 11460
2228°300079°5656— Point corresponding with intersection with the 100-fathom (183-m) contour, as shown on the latest edition of NOAA chart 11460
2328°300080°0046.02
2428°4600.8480°0328.5
2528°4837.1480°0356.76
2628°5318.3680°0448.84
2729°1119.6280°0836.9
2829°1733.9680°1006.9
2929°2335.3480°1130.06
3029°3015.7280°1238.88
3129°3555.8680°1341.04
Origin29°4329.8280°1455.27

(i) In the Oculina Bank HAPC, no person may:

(A) Use a bottom longline, bottom trawl, dredge, pot, or trap.

(B) If aboard a fishing vessel, anchor, use an anchor and chain, or use a grapple and chain.

(C) Fish for or possess rock shrimp in or from the Oculina Bank HAPC, except a shrimp vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for rock shrimp that possesses rock shrimp may transit through the Oculina Bank HAPC if fishing gear is appropriately stowed. For the purpose of this paragraph, transit means a direct and non-stop continuous course through the area, maintaining a minimum speed of five knots as determined by an operating VMS and a VMS minimum ping rate of 1 ping per 5 minutes; fishing gear appropriately stowed means that doors and nets are out of the water.

(ii) [Reserved]

(2) Experimental closed area. Within the Oculina Bank HAPC, the experimental closed area is bounded on the north by 27°53 N. lat., on the south by 27°30 N. lat., on the east by 79°56 W. long., and on the west by 80°00' W. long. No person may fish for South Atlantic snapper-grouper in the experimental closed area, and no person may retain South Atlantic snapper-grouper in or from the area. In the experimental closed area, any South Atlantic snapper-grouper taken incidentally by hook-and-line gear must be released immediately by cutting the line without removing the fish from the water.

(c) Deepwater Coral HAPCs—(1) Locations. The following areas are designated Deepwater Coral HAPCs:

(i) Cape Lookout Lophelia Banks is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin34°243775°4511
134°102675°5844
234°054775°5454
334°210275°4125
434°2328.99875°4358.002
534°270075°4145
634°275475°4245
Origin34°243775°4511

(ii) Cape Fear Lophelia Banks is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin33°384976°2932
133°322176°3238
233°294976°2619
333°360976°2337
Origin33°384976°2932

(iii) Stetson Reefs, Savannah and East Florida Lithoherms, and Miami Terrace (Stetson-Miami Terrace) is bounded by—

(A) Rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Originat outer boundary of EEZ79°0000
131°233779°0000
231°233777°1621
332°383777°1621
432°382177°3406
532°352477°3754
632°321877°4026
732°284277°4410
832°255177°4743
932°224077°5205
1032°205877°5629
1132°203077°5750
1232°195378°0049
1332°184478°0435
1432°173578°0748
1532°171578°1041
1632°155078°1409
1732°152078°1525
1832°121578°1637
1932°102678°1809
2032°044278°2127
2132°034178°2407
2232°045878°2919
2332°065978°3048
2432°092778°3131
2532°112378°3247
2632°130978°3404
2732°140878°3436
2832°124878°3634
2932°130778°3907
3032°141778°4001
3132°162078°4018
3232°163378°4232
3332°142678°4323
3432°111478°4542
3532°101978°4908
3632°094278°5254
3732°081578°5611
3832°050079°0030
3932°015479°0249
4031°584079°0451
4131°563279°0648
4231°532779°0918
4331°505679°1129
4431°490779°1335
4531°475679°1608
4631°471179°1630
4731°462979°1625
4831°443179°1724
4931°432079°1827
5031°422679°2041
5131°410979°2226
5231°393679°2359
5331°375479°2529
5431°355779°2714
5531°341479°2824
5631°310879°2959
5731°302679°2952
5831°291179°3011
5931°275879°3141
6031°270679°3208
6131°262279°3248
6231°242179°3351
6331°225379°3441
6431°210379°3601
6531°200079°3712
6631°183479°3815
6731°164979°3836
6831°130679°3819
7031°110479°3839
7031°092879°3909
7131°074479°4021
7231°055379°4127
7331°044079°4209
7431°025879°4228
7531°010379°4240
7630°595079°4243
7730°582779°4243
7830°571579°4250
7930°560979°4328
8030°544979°4453
8130°534479°4624
8230°524779°4740
8330°514579°4816
8430°483679°4902
8530°452479°4955
8630°413679°5131
8730°383879°5223
8830°370079°5237.2
8930°370080°0500
9030°346.4280°0554.96
9130°2659.9480°0741.22
9230°2353.2880°088.58
9330°1922.8680°0922.56
9430°1317.5880°1115.24
9530°0755.6880°1219.62
9630°000080°1300
9730°00980°0930
9830°030080°0930
9930°030080°0600
10030°040080°0245.6
10129°591680°0411
10229°491280°0544
10329°435980°0624
10429°383780°0653
10529°365480°0718
10629°315980°0732
10729°291480°0718
10829°214880°0501
10929°202580°0429
11029°080079°5943
11129°065679°5907
11229°055979°5844
11329°033479°5737
11429°021179°5659
11529°000079°5532
11628°565579°5422
11728°550079°5331
11828°533579°5251
11928°514779°5207
12028°502579°5127
12128°495379°5120
12228°490179°5120
12328°481979°5110
12428°471379°5059
12528°433079°5036
12628°410579°5004
12728°402779°5007
12828°395079°4956
12928°390479°4958
13028°364379°4935
13128°350179°4924
13228°303779°4835
13328°140079°4620
13428°114179°4612
13528°080279°4545
13628°012079°4520
13727°581379°4451
13827°562379°4453
13927°494079°4425
14027°462779°4422
14127°420079°4433
14227°360879°4458
14327°300079°4529
14427°290479°4547
14527°270579°4554
14627°254779°4557
14727°194679°4514
14827°175479°4512
14927°122879°4500
15027°074579°4607
15127°044779°4629
15227°004379°4639
15326°584379°4628
15426°570679°4632
15526°495879°4654
15626°485879°4656
15726°470179°4709
15826°460479°4709
15926°350979°4801
16026°333779°4821
16126°275679°4909
16226°255579°4930
16326°210579°5003
16426°203079°5020
16526°185679°5017
16626°161979°5406
16726°134879°5448
16826°121979°5537
16926°105779°5705
17026°091779°5845
17126°071180°0022
17226°061280°0033
17326°032680°0102
17426°003580°0113
17525°491080°0038
17625°483080°0023
17725°464279°5914
17825°272880°0226
17925°240680°0144
18025°210480°0127
18125°2104at outer boundary of EEZ

(B) The outer boundary of the EEZ in a northerly direction from Point 181 to the Origin.

(iv) Pourtales Terrace is bounded by—

(A) Rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin24°201280°4350
124°334280°3423
224°374580°3120
324°471880°2308
424°510880°2758
524°425280°3551
624°294480°4945
724°150481°0752
824°105580°5811

(B) The outer boundary of the EEZ in a northerly direction from Point 8 to the Origin.

(v) Blake Ridge Diapir is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin32°322876°1316
132°304476°1324
232°303776°1121
332°322176°1113
Origin32°322876°1316

(2) Restrictions. In the Deepwater Coral HAPCs specified in paragraph (c)(1) of this section, no person may:

(i) Use a bottom longline, trawl (mid-water or bottom), dredge, pot, or trap.

(ii) If aboard a fishing vessel, anchor, use an anchor and chain, or use a grapple and chain.

(iii) Fish for coral or possess coral in or from the Deepwater Coral HAPC on board a fishing vessel.

(3) Shrimp fishery access areas. The provisions of paragraph (c)(2)(i) of this section notwithstanding, an owner or operator of a vessel for which a valid commercial vessel permit for rock shrimp (South Atlantic EEZ) has been issued may trawl for shrimp in the following portions of the Stetson-Miami Terrace Deepwater Coral HAPC:

(i) Shrimp access area 1 is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin30°063080°022.4
130°063080°0539.6
230°030080°0930
330°030080°0600
430°040080°0245.6
529°591680°0411
629°491280°0544
729°435980°0624
829°383780°0653
929°365480°0718
1029°315980°0732
1129°291480°0718
1229°214880°0501
1329°202580°0429
1429°202580°0311
1529°214880°0352
1629°291480°0608
1729°315980°0623
1829°365480°0600
1929°383780°0543
2029°435980°0514
2129°491280°0435
2229°591680°0301
2330°063080°0053
Origin30°063080°022.4

(ii) Shrimp access area 2 is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin29°080079°5943
129°065679°5907
229°055979°5844
329°033479°5737
429°021179°5659
529°000079°5532
628°565579°5422
728°550079°5331
828°533579°5251
928°514779°5207
1028°502579°5127
1128°495379°5120
1228°490179°5120
1328°481979°5110
1428°471379°5059
1528°433079°5036
1628°410579°5004
1728°402779°5007
1828°395079°4956
1928°390479°4958
2028°364379°4935
2128°350179°4924
2228°303779°4835
2328°303779°4727
2428°350179°4816
2528°364379°4827
2628°390479°4850
2728°395079°4848
2828°402779°4858
2928°410579°4856
3028°433079°4928
3128°471379°4951
3228°481979°5001
3328°490179°5013
3428°495379°5012
3528°502579°5017
3628°514779°5058
3728°533579°5143
3828°550079°5222
3928°565579°5314
4029°000079°5424
4129°021179°5550
4229°033479°5629
4329°055979°5735
4429°065679°5759
4529°080079°5834
Origin29°080079°5943

(iii) Shrimp access area 3 is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin28°140079°4620
128°114179°4612
228°080279°4545
328°012079°4520
427°581379°4451
527°562379°4453
627°494079°4425
727°462779°4422
827°420079°4433
927°360879°4458
1027°300079°4529
1127°290479°4547
1227°270579°4554
1327°254779°4557
1427°194679°4514
1527°175479°4512
1627°122879°4500
1727°074579°4607
1827°044779°4629
1927°004379°4639
2026°584379°4628
2126°570679°4632
2226°570679°4452
2326°584379°4447
2427°004379°4458
2527°044779°4448
2627°074579°4426
2727°122879°4319
2827°175479°4331
2927°194679°4333
3027°254779°4415
3127°270579°4412
3227°290479°4406
3327°300079°4348
3427°300079°4422
3527°360879°4350
3627°420079°4325
3727°462779°4314
3827°494079°4317
3927°562379°4345
4027°581379°4343
4128°012079°4411
4228°044279°4425
4328°080279°4437
4428°114179°4504
4528°140079°4512
Origin28°140079°4620

(iv) Shrimp access area 4 is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin26°495879°4654
126°485879°4656
226°470179°4709
326°460479°4709
426°350979°4801
526°333779°4821
626°275679°4909
726°255579°4930
826°210579°5003
926°203079°5020
1026°185679°5017
1126°185679°4837
1226°203079°4840
1326°210579°4808
1426°255579°4749
1526°275679°4729
1626°333779°4640
1726°350979°4620
1826°460479°4528
1926°470179°4528
2026°485879°4515
2126°495879°4513
Origin26°495879°4654

(4) Golden crab fishery access areas. The provisions of paragraphs (c)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section notwithstanding, an owner or operator of a vessel for which a valid commercial permit for South Atlantic golden crab has been issued may use a trap to fish for golden crab and use a grapple and chain while engaged in such fishing in the following portions of the Stetson-Miami Terrace and the Pourtales Terrace Deepwater Coral HAPCs. Access to an area specified in paragraph (c)(4)(i) through (v) of this section is contingent on that zone being authorized on the vessel's permit for South Atlantic golden crab. See §622.241(b) for specification of zones.

(i) Golden crab northern zone access area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin29°000079°5424
128°565579°5314
228°550079°5222
328°533579°5143
428°514779°5058
528°502579°5017
628°495379°5012
728°490179°5013
828°481979°5001
928°471379°4951
1028°433079°4928
1128°410579°4856
1228°402779°4858
1328°395079°4848
1428°390479°4850
1528°364379°4827
1628°350179°4816
1728°303779°4727
1828°303779°4212
1928°140079°4054
2028°140079°4512
2128°114179°4504
2228°080279°4437
2328°044279°4425
2428°012079°4411
2528°000079°4359
2628°000079°3816
2728°114279°3813
2828°230279°3857
2928°365079°4025
3028°383379°4133
3128°382079°4304
3228°410079°4339
3328°481679°4432
3428°542979°4555
3529°000079°4550
Origin29°000079°5424

(ii) Golden crab middle zone access area A is bounded by—

(A) Rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin26°584579°3505
127°003979°3626
227°075579°3752
327°145279°3709
427°292179°3715
528°000079°3816
628°000079°4359
727°581379°4343
827°562379°4345
927°494079°4317
1027°462779°4314
1127°420079°4325
1227°360879°4350
1327°300079°4422
1427°300079°4348
1527°290479°4406
1627°270579°4412
1727°254779°4415
1827°194679°4333
1927°175479°4331
2027°122879°4319
2127°074579°4426
2227°044779°4448
2327°004379°4458
2426°584379°4447
2526°570679°4452
2626°570679°4234
2726°495879°4234
2826°495879°4513
2926°485879°4515
3026°470179°4528
3126°460479°4528
3226°350979°4620
3326°333779°4640
3426°275679°4729
3526°255579°4749
3626°210579°4808
3726°203079°4840
3826°185679°4837
3926°033879°4816
4026°033579°4609
4125°583379°4608
4225°542779°4537
4325°465579°4414
4425°380479°4558
4525°380579°4227

(B) The outer boundary of the EEZ in a northerly direction from Point 45 to Point 46.

(C) Rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
4626°074979°3607
4726°173679°3606
4826°211879°3804
4926°504679°3512
5026°504079°3345

(D) The outer boundary of the EEZ in a northerly direction from Point 50 to the Origin.

(iii) Golden crab middle zone access area B is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin25°491080°0038
125°483080°0023
225°464279°5914
325°272880°0226
425°240680°0144
525°210480°0127
625°210479°5812
725°232579°5819
825°325279°5448
925°365879°5446
1025°372079°5620
1125°491179°5600
Origin25°491080°0038

(iv) Golden crab middle zone access area C is bounded by—

(A) Rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin25°333279°4218
125°333279°4714
225°210479°5345
325°210479°4204

(B) The outer boundary of the EEZ in a northerly direction from Point 3 to the Origin.

(v) Golden crab southern zone access area is bounded by—

(A) Rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points:

PointNorth lat.West long.
Origin24°140780°5327
124°134681°0454
224°105580°5811

(B) The outer boundary of the EEZ in a northerly direction from Point 2 to the Origin.

[78 FR 22952, Apr. 17, 2013, as amended at 80 FR 42431, July 17, 2015; 80 FR 46205, Aug. 4, 2015; 80 FR 60566, Oct. 7, 2015; 81 FR 7715, Feb. 16, 2016]

§622.225   Harvest limitations.

(a) Aquacultured live rock. In the South Atlantic EEZ:

(1) Aquacultured live rock may be harvested only under a permit, as required under §622.220(a)(3), and aquacultured live rock on a site may be harvested only by the person, or his or her employee, contractor, or agent, who has been issued the aquacultured live rock permit for the site. A person harvesting aquacultured live rock is exempt from the prohibition on taking prohibited coral for such prohibited coral as attaches to aquacultured live rock.

(2) The following restrictions apply to individual aquaculture activities:

(i) No aquaculture site may exceed 1 acre (0.4 ha) in size.

(ii) Material deposited on the aquaculture site—

(A) May not be placed over naturally occurring reef outcrops, limestone ledges, coral reefs, or vegetated areas.

(B) Must be free of contaminants.

(C) Must be nontoxic.

(D) Must be placed on the site by hand or lowered completely to the bottom under restraint, that is, not allowed to fall freely.

(E) Must be placed from a vessel that is anchored.

(F) Must be geologically distinguishable from the naturally occurring substrate and, in addition, may be indelibly marked or tagged.

(iii) A minimum setback of at least 50 ft (15.2 m) must be maintained from natural vegetated or hard bottom habitats.

(3) Mechanically dredging or drilling, or otherwise disturbing, aquacultured live rock is prohibited, and aquacultured live rock may be harvested only by hand.

(4) The following activities are also prohibited: Chipping of aquacultured live rock in the EEZ, possession of chipped aquacultured live rock in or from the EEZ, removal of allowable octocoral or prohibited coral from aquacultured live rock in or from the EEZ, and possession of prohibited coral not attached to aquacultured live rock or allowable octocoral, while aquacultured live rock is in possession. See the definition of “Allowable octocoral” for clarification of the distinction between allowable octocoral and live rock. For the purposes of this paragraph (a)(4), chipping means breaking up reefs, ledges, or rocks into fragments, usually by means of a chisel and hammer.

(5) Not less than 24 hours prior to harvest of aquacultured live rock, the owner or operator of the harvesting vessel must provide the following information to the NMFS Office for Law Enforcement, Southeast Region, St. Petersburg, FL, by telephone (727-824-5344):

(i) Permit number of site to be harvested and date of harvest.

(ii) Name and official number of the vessel to be used in harvesting.

(iii) Date, port, and facility at which aquacultured live rock will be landed.

(b) [Reserved]

§622.226   Restrictions on sale/purchase.

(a) South Atlantic wild live rock. Wild live rock in or from the South Atlantic EEZ may not be sold or purchased. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to wild live rock from the South Atlantic EEZ that was harvested and landed prior to January 1, 1996.

(b) [Reserved]

§622.227   Adjustment of management measures.

In accordance with the framework procedures of the FMP for Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region, the RA may establish or modify the following:

(a) South Atlantic coral, coral reefs, and live/hard bottom habitats. Definitions of essential fish habitat and essential fish habitat HAPCs or Coral HAPCs.

(b) [Reserved]

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