Allowable Octocoral Closed Area Fishery Management Area Map & GIS Data

Map and GIS data representing the allowable octocoral closed area to protect South Atlantic corals.

This is a map of the allowable octocoral closed area to protect South Atlantic corals.

Map of allowable the octocoral closed area to protect South Atlantic corals.

The Southeast Region, Sustainable Fisheries Division is responsible for managing commercial and recreational fisheries in the southeastern United States and the U.S. Caribbean under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation & Management Act.

These seasonal/area closure maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data represent areas that include the South Atlantic Region:

Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), PART 622 FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC

For the precise legal definition of the fishery management plan and geographic coordinates, please consult Subpart K - Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region: 

Section 622.224   Area closures to protect South Atlantic corals (a) Allowable octocoral closed area 

THESE MAPS AND DATA ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY.

The CFR should be consulted for the precise legal definition of fishery management areas and geographic coordinates. Esri's ArcGIS software or Google Earth can be used to open GIS shapefiles. Google Earth can also be used to open zipped KML (KMZ) files to view the management areas. Click here to download Google Earth. Metadata (information about the GIS shapefile data) is available in XML or an easy-to-read HTML format, and is included in the zipped shapefile.


For more information or questions about this data please contact the GIS Coordinator at nmfs.ser.gis.coordinator@noaa.gov.

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 10/18/2019

South Atlantic Fisheries Management Map Corals