These data delineate state and federally managed ocean areas off the West Coast of the United States that are closed to or have restrictions on commercial fishing for fish and invertebrates as of June 2015. These areas include marine protected areas, marine reserves, essential fish habitat conservation areas, and other types of conservation areas. Closures and restrictions may be year-round or seasonal. The data do not include all spatially explicit fishing regulations. The focus of these data is on fishing closures and restrictions that generally persist through time, and do not include many fishing management measures that are used to open and close areas dynamically to manage species, harvests, and seasons. Some areas where access is prohibited or restricted are included because these act as “de-facto" closures or restrictions to fishing.
© Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
This layer is a component of WestCoast_Layers.
The layers found in this service were prioritized by the West Coast office as being relevant for ocean planning. These layers can also be found within MarineCadastre.gov
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