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Title 50Chapter VIPart 648Subpart Q → §648.370


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 648—FISHERIES OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
Subpart Q—Habitat-Related Management Measures


§648.370   Habitat Management Areas.

Unless otherwise specified, no fishing vessel or person on a fishing vessel may fish with bottom-tending mobile gear in the areas defined in this section. Copies of charts depicting these areas are available from the Regional Administrator upon request.

(a) Eastern Maine Habitat Management Area. The Eastern Maine HMA is bounded on the northwest by the outer limit of Maine state waters, and bounded on all other sides by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Eastern Maine HMA

PointN latitudeW longitude
EMH1144°07.65 N68°10.64 W
EMH244°02.50 N68°06.10 W
EMH343°51.00 N68°33.90 W
EMH4143°56.62 N68°38.12 W

1Points 1 and 4 are intended to fall along the outer limit of Maine state waters.

(b) Jeffreys Bank Habitat Management Area. The Jeffreys Bank HMA is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Jeffreys Bank HMA

PointN latitudeW longitude
JBH143°31 N68°37 W
JBH243°20 N68°37 W
JBH343°20 N68°55 W
JBH443°31 N68°55 W
JBH143°31 N68°37 W

(c) Cashes Ledge Habitat Management Area. The Cashes Ledge HMA is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Cashes Ledge HMA

PointN latitudeW longitude
CLH143°01.0 N69°00.0 W
CLH243°01.0 N68°52.0 W
CLH342°45.0 N68°52.0 W
CLH442°45.0 N69°00.0 W
CLH143°01.0 N69°00.0 W

(d) Fippennies Ledge Habitat Management Area. The Fippennies Ledge HMA is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Fippennies Ledge HMA

PointN latitudeW longitude
FLH142°50.0 N69°17.0 W
FLH242°44.0 N69°14.0 W
FLH342°44.0 N69°18.0 W
FLH442°50.0 N69°21.0 W
FLH142°50.0 N69°17.0 W

(e) Ammen Rock Habitat Management Area. (1) The Ammen Rock HMA is defined by straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Ammen Rock HMA

PointN latitudeW longitude
ARH142°55.5 N68°57.0 W
ARH242°52.5 N68°55.0 W
ARH342°52.5 N68°57.0 W
ARH442°55.5 N68°59.0 W
ARH142°55.5 N68°57.0 W

(2) No fishing vessel, including private and for-hire recreational fishing vessels, may fish in the Ammen Rock HMA, except for vessels fishing exclusively with lobster traps, as defined in §697.2.

(f) Western Gulf of Maine Habitat Management Area. (1) Coordinates. The Western GOM HMA is defined by the straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Western Gulf of Maine HMA

PointN latitudeW longitude
WGMH143°15 N70°15 W
WGMH242°15 N70°15 W
WGMH342°15 N70°00 W
WGMH443°15 N70°15 W
WGMH143°15 N70°15 W

(2) Western Gulf of Maine Shrimp Exemption Area. Vessels fishing with shrimp trawls under the Small Mesh Northern Shrimp Fishery Exemption specified at §648.80(a)(5) may fish within the Western Gulf of Maine HMA Shrimp Exemption Area which is defined by the straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Western Gulf of Maine Shrimp Exemption Area

PointN latitudeW longitude
SEA143°15 N70° W
SEA243°13 N70° W
SEA343°13 N70°05 W
SEA443°09 N70°05 W
SEA543°09 N70°08 W
SEA642°55 N70°08 W
SEA742°55 N70°15 W
SEA843°15 N70°15 W
SEA143°15 N70° W

(g) Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area. The Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area is defined by the straight lines, except where otherwise noted, connecting the following points in the order stated:

Closed Area II Habitat Closure Area

PointN latitudeW longitudeNotes
CIIH142°10 N67°20 W
CIIH242°10 N67°9.38 W(1 2)
CIIH342°00 N67°0.63 W(2 3)
CIIH442°00 N67°10 W
CIIH541°50 N67°10 W
CIIH641°50 N67°20 W
CIIH142°10 N67°20 W

1Point CIIH2 represents the intersection of 42°10 N lat. and the U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary.

2From Point CIIH2 to Point CIIH3 along the U.S.-Canada Maritime Boundary.

3Point CIIH3 represents the intersection of 42°00 N lat. and the U.S.-Canada maritime Boundary.

(h) Great South Channel Habitat Management Area. (1) Coordinates. The Great South Channel HMA is defined by the straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

Great South Channel HMA

PointN latitudeW longitude
GSCH141°30.3 N69°31.0 W
GSCH241°0.00 N69°18.5 W
GSCH340°51.7 N69°18.5 W
GSCH440°51.6 N69°48.9 W
GSCH541°30.2 N69°49.3 W
GSCH141°30.3 N69°31.0 W

(2) Hydraulic Clam Dredge Exemption. (i) Except for the portion of the Great South Channel HMA defined in paragraph (h)(2)(iii) of this section, surfclam and ocean quahog permitted vessels may fish with hydraulic clam dredges in the Great South Channel HMA.

(ii) The Hydraulic clam dredge exemption is effective until April 9, 2019, after which, no vessels fishing with hydraulic clam dredges may fish within the Great South Channel HMA.

(iii) The hydraulic clam dredge exemption does not apply in the area defined as the straight lines connecting the following points in the order stated:

PointN latitudeW longitude
GSC141°30.3 N69°31.0 W
MBTG241°21.0 N69°27.2 W
MBTG341°21.0 N69°43.0 W
MBTG441°30.0 N69°43.0 W
GSC141°30.3 N69°31.0 W

(i) Transiting. Unless otherwise restricted, a vessel may transit the habitat management areas described in this section provided that its gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined in §648.2.

(j) Other habitat protection measures. The Inshore Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Restricted Roller Gear Area described in §648.80(a)(3)(vii) is considered a habitat protection measure and the restrictions outlined in that section apply to all bottom trawl gear.

(k) Review of habitat management measures. The New England Fishery Management Council will develop a strategic process to evaluate the boundaries, scope, characteristics, and timing of habitat and spawning protection areas to facilitate review of these areas at 10-year intervals.

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