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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: North Atlantic Right Whale Seasonal Management Areas,

Item Identification

Title: North Atlantic Right Whale Seasonal Management Areas
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2021-09-28

These data represent Seasonal Management Area locations where regulations implement speed restrictions in shipping areas at certain times of the year along the coast of the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. The purpose of the regulations is to reduce the likelihood of deaths and serious injuries to endangered North Atlantic right whales that result from collisions with ships as designated by 73 FR 60173, October 10, 2008, Rules and Regulations. Sunset clause removed 78 FR 34245, June 16, 2014. The effective date of this rule is December 6, 2013.


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category transportation
None coastal
None planning
None renewable energy

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Territorial Sea

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

CRFSection, location, description, restrictedPeriod

Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 901259
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 901271
W° Bound: -82
E° Bound: -67
N° Bound: 43
S° Bound: 29

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 901270
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2008-12-09

publication date

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Grid: No
Vector: Yes
Text / Table: No
Stereo Model: No
Video: No

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 901265
Complex Object Present?: No
Composite Object Present?: No
Curve Object Present?: No
Point Object Present?: No
Solid Object Present?: No
Surface Object Present?: Yes

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 901266

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4269
EPSG Name: NAD83
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 901260
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121324
Download URL:

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows, ArcGIS Pro, Azure SQL

Data Quality



Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent



North Atlantic Right Whale Seasonal Management Areas

CC ID: 901267
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2019-10-01
Citation URL:

Section 224.105 - Speed restrictions to protect North Atlantic Right Whales

CC ID: 901272
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: None
Publish Date: 2019-10-01
Citation URL:
Citation URL Description:

Code of Federal Regulations

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 901268

• Replace original field values with information published in the CFR

Process Date/Time: 2020-03-26 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 59134
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:59134
Metadata Record Created By: Daniel Martin
Metadata Record Created: 2020-03-26 19:17+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-09-03
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-09-03
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-09-03