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Office for Coastal Management, 2024: Coral Protection Areas,

Item Identification

Title: Coral Protection Areas
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2022-02-22

These data depict zones for the protection of deep-sea coral from physical damage by fishing gear. Commercial fishermen are prohibited from using bottom-tending gear such otter trawls; beam trawls; hydraulic dredges; non-hydraulic dredges; seines; longlines; pots and traps; and sink or anchored gillnets within these zones. Additional coral protection areas may also be defined as part of an Area of Particular Concern within an Essential Fish Habitat.


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
ISO 19115 Topic Category
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:

CFRSection, zoneName

Distribution Liability:

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

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1125811
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: 1125823
W° Bound: -75
E° Bound: -65
N° Bound: 44.25
S° Bound: 36.5

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 1125822
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2022-02-22

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: 1125817
Complex Object Present?: No
Composite Object Present?: No
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Present?: No
Solid Object Present?: No
Surface Object Present?: No

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1125818

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: 1125812
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1125813
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



Frank R. Lautenberg Deep-Sea Coral Protection Area

CC ID: 1125819
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Publish Date: 2016-12-14
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Citation URL:

Maritime Limits and Boundaries of United States of America

CC ID: 1125913
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA Office of Coast Survey
Publish Date: 2013-09-13
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

New England Deep-Sea Coral Protection Area

CC ID: 1125888
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Publish Date: 2021-06-25
Citation URL:

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1125820

1) acquire source data from eCFR.

2) generate a point feature class from eCFR positions.

3) acquire source data from NOAA Office of Coast Survey for U.S. EEZ.

4) merge point features from each source.

5) generate a composite polyline feature class from point and polyline features.

6) generate polygon feature class from polylines.

7) attribute each polygon feature using eCFR content.

Process Date/Time: 2022-02-22 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 66679
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:66679
Metadata Record Created By: Daniel Martin
Metadata Record Created: 2022-02-22 21:33+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-02-23
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-02-23
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-02-23