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Title 50Chapter VIPart 648Subpart I → §648.148


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 648—FISHERIES OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
Subpart I—Management Measures for the Black Sea Bass Fishery


§648.148   Special management zones.

(a) General. The recipient of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for an artificial reef, fish attraction device, or other modification of habitat for purposes of fishing may request that an area surrounding and including the site be designated by the MAFMC as a special management zone (SMZ). The MAFMC may prohibit or restrain the use of specific types of fishing gear that are not compatible with the purpose of the artificial reef or fish attraction device or other habitat modification within the SMZ. The establishment of an SMZ will be effected by a regulatory amendment, pursuant to the following procedure: An SMZ monitoring team comprised of members of staff from the MAFMC, NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, and NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center will evaluate the request in the form of a written report.

(1) Evaluation criteria. In establishing an SMZ, the SMZ monitoring team will consider the following criteria:

(i) Fairness and equity;

(ii) Promotion of conservation;

(iii) Avoidance of excessive shares;

(iv) Consistency with the objectives of Amendment 9 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law;

(v) The natural bottom in and surrounding potential SMZs; and

(vi) Impacts on historical uses.

(2) The MAFMC Chairman may schedule meetings of MAFMC's industry advisors and/or the SSC to review the report and associated documents and to advise the MAFMC. The MAFMC Chairman may also schedule public hearings.

(3) The MAFMC, following review of the SMZ monitoring team's report, supporting data, public comments, and other relevant information, may recommend to the Regional Administrator that an SMZ be approved. Such a recommendation will be accompanied by all relevant background information.

(4) The Regional Administrator will review the MAFMC's recommendation. If the Regional Administrator concurs in the recommendation, he or she will publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register in accordance with the recommendations. If the Regional Administrator rejects the MAFMC's recommendation, he or she shall advise the MAFMC in writing of the basis for the rejection.

(5) The proposed rule to establish an SMZ shall afford a reasonable period for public comment. Following a review of public comments and any information or data not previously available, the Regional Administrator will publish a final rule if he or she determines that the establishment of the SMZ is supported by the substantial weight of evidence in the record and consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable law.

(b) Approved/Established SMZs—(1) Delaware Special Management Zone Areas. Special management zones are established for Delaware artificial reef permit areas #9, 10, 11, and 13, in the area of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. From January 1 through December 31 of each year, no person may fish in the Delaware Special Management Zones except by handline, rod and reel, or spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand). The Delaware Special Management Zones are defined by rhumb lines connecting the following coordinates in the order stated:

(i) Delaware artificial reef #9.

PointCornerN LatitudeW Longitude
19SE38°39.97274°59.298
29SW38°40.0575°0.702
39NW38°40.84875°0.402
49NE38°40.874°58.902
59SE38°39.97274°59.298

(ii) Delaware artificial reef #10.

PointCornerN LatitudeW Longitude
110SE38°36.19874°55.674
210SW38°36.29474°57.15
310NW38°37.09874°56.802
410NE38°37.00274°55.374
510SE38°36.19874°55.674

(iii) Delaware artificial reef #11.

PointCornerN LatitudeW Longitude
111SE38°39.88274°43.05
211SW38°40.00274°44.802
311NW38°40.84874°44.502
411NE38°40.75274°42.75
511SE38°39.88274°43.05

(iv) Delaware artificial reef #13.

PointCornerN LatitudeW Longitude
113SE38°30.13874°30.582
213SW38°30.22274°31.5
313NW38°31.61474°30.864
413NE38°31.73474°30.018
513SE38°30.13874°30.582

(2) New Jersey Special Management Zone Areas. Special management zones are established for New Jersey artificial reef permit areas, in the area of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. From January 1 through December 31 of each year, no person may fish in the New Jersey Special Management Zones except by handline, rod and reel, or spear fishing (including the taking of fish by hand). The New Jersey Special Management Zones are defined by rhumb lines connecting the following coordinates in the order stated:

(i) Sea Girt Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner40°08.2273°55.52
ME Corner40°07.3073°56.67
SE Corner40°06.1373°57.12
SW Corner40°06.1773°57.57
MW Corner40°07.4873°57.15
NW Corner40°08.6373°55.73
NE Corner40°08.2273°55.52

(ii) Garden State North Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°38.0574°00.70
SE Corner39°37.0574°01.00
SW Corner39°37.0074°02.50
NW Corner39°37.9874°02.20
NE Corner39°38.0574°00.70

(iii) Garden State South Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°33.8274°05.75
SE Corner39°33.3374°05.85
SW Corner39°33.3374°07.35
NW Corner39°33.8074°07.20
NE Corner39°33.8274°05.75

(iv) Little Egg Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°29.0074°10.00
SE Corner39°28.0074°10.00
SW Corner39°28.0074°12.00
NW Corner39°29.0074°12.00
NE Corner39°29.0074°10.00

(v) Atlantic City Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°16.9074°15.28
SE Corner39°13.9374°11.80
SW Corner39°13.3074°12.70
NW Corner39°16.2274°16.18
NE Corner39°16.9074°15.28

(vi) Great Egg Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°15.0074°21.00
SE Corner39°14.0074°21.00
SW Corner39°14.0074°22.00
NW Corner39°15.0074°22.00
NE Corner39°15.0074°21.00

(vii) Ocean City Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°10.7574°32.45
SE Corner39°09.4074°34.62
SW Corner39°09.8274°34.97
NW Corner39°11.1074°32.85
NE Corner39°10.7574°32.45

(viii) Shark River Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner40°07.3373°41.08
SE Corner40°06.2073°41.08
SW Corner40°06.2073°41.80
NW Corner40°07.3373°41.80
NE Corner40°07.3373°41.08

(ix) Barnegat Light Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°45.8774°01.10
SE Corner39°44.6274°01.10
SW Corner39°44.6274°01.95
NW Corner39°45.8774°01.95
NE Corner39°45.8774°01.10

(x) Wildwood Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner38°57.8574°39.70
SE Corner38°56.5874°41.40
SW Corner38°57.5574°42.60
NW Corner38°58.8074°40.90
NE Corner38°57.8574°39.70

(xi) Deepwater Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner38°59.0074°10.50
SE Corner38°58.0074°10.50
SW Corner38°58.0074°11.50
NW Corner38°59.0074°11.50
NE Corner38°59.0074°10.50

(xii) Cape May Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner38°53.4574°39.43
SE Corner38°50.0774°42.25
SW Corner38°50.6774°43.25
NW Corner38°53.9774°40.62
NE Corner38°53.4574°39.43

(xiii) Townsend Inlet Reef Site.

PointN LatitudeW Longitude
NE Corner39°06.7074°36.00
SE Corner39°06.2574°36.00
SW Corner39°06.2574°37.50
NW Corner39°06.7074°37.50
NE Corner39°06.7074°36.00

[80 FR 32485, June 9, 2015, as amended at 83 FR 31692, July 9, 2018]

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