Each fathom line, conservation area, and marine reserve is defined by a connecting series of waypoints (latitude and longitude). The waypoints are used for regulatory enforcement, while maps are provided for visual reference.
Depth-based area closures are used to control impacts to Pacific halibut and to overfished species in the sport groundfish fishery. For example, restricitng the groundfish fishery to shallow waters is effective in reducing impacts to yelloweye rockfish, which tend to be found deeper than a targeted species like black rockfish.
30 Fathom Waypoints.gpx (zip)
40 Fathom Waypoints.gpx (zip)
Stonewall Bank yelloweye rockfish conservation area (west of Newport)