EarthWorks Geospatial Catalog

Recreational Fishing Areas Identified by a Massachusetts Marine Trades Association Survey of Fishermen

This data layer represents recreational fishing areas identified by the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association in the Massachusetts ocean management planning area. This dataset annotates charts provided by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, with the annotations depicting known recreational boating areas currently in regular use for recreational boating, including pleasure boating, recreational fishing, boating races, and transit navigation routes, within the Massachusetts ocean management planning area. Areas used historically but not currently for recreational boating purposes were not included in the dataset. Areas used only infrequently were also not included in the dataset (e.g., races held only every few years). While some recreational boating does occur year-round, the majority of recreational boating is relatively seasonal in Massachusetts, so all areas indicated are in lesser use during winter months than in warmer weather. The dataset was based on memory, recorded coordinates, race charts, and all other information available to the experienced contributing mariners.
Massachusetts, Gulf of Maine, Massachusetts Bay, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, Gulf of Maine, Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean, Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Gulf Of Maine, and Continent > North America > United States Of America > Massachusetts
oceans, 014, Human Dimensions > Attitudes,preferences,behavior > Recreation, marine spatial planning, MSP, ocean management, coastal zone management, ecosystem-based management, and EBM
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