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Administrative

Numerous federal, regional, and state political and management boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic are compiled here to provide a regulatory context to help facilitate well-informed ocean planning decisions.

Tribal Headquarters

These are point locations of tribal headquarters within the MARCO region. These points do not represent boundaries or sphere of influence. This dataset was created through internet searches and phone calls to confirm addresses of tribal headquarters.

Source: The Whitener Group and MARCO portal team

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In some cases tribal addresses are post office boxes, in which case the point location is more generalized.

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Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

On September 15, 2016, President Obama designated the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, using his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The monument includes two distinct areas. The Canyon Unit covers Oceanographer, Gilbert, and Lydonia Canyons. The Seamount Unit covers Bear, Physalia, Retriever, and Mytilus Seamounts. These are located about 130 miles east-southeast of Cape Cod, and cover a total area of more than 4,900 square miles, about the size of Connecticut, or slightly larger than Yellowstone National Park. From the Presidential Proclamation: "The Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior (Secretaries) shall share management responsibility for the monument. The Secretary of Commerce, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, shall have responsibility for management of activities and species within the monument under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Endangered Species Act (for species regulated by NOAA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and any other applicable Department of Commerce legal authorities. The Secretary of the Interior, through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, shall have responsibility for management of activities and species within the monument under its applicable legal authorities, including the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, the Refuge Recreation Act, and the Endangered Species Act (for species regulated by FWS), and Public Law 98-532 and Executive Order 6166 of June 10, 1933."

Source: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO)

Notes:

This dataset was created to depict the boundaries of this marine national monument only. For information on the proper use of the dataset refer to the Use Constraints metadata section. This shapefile includes boundaries for the following Regulated Areas: - Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Canyon Unit - Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument Seamount Unit Because GIS projection and topology functions can change or generalize coordinates, these GIS files are considered to be approximate representations and are NOT an OFFICIAL record for the exact regulated area boundaries. For information on the official legal definition refer to the Use Constraints metadata section.

Outer Continental Shelf Lease Blocks

Outer Continental Shelf Lease Blocks are used to assist in leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf. Blocks are numbered areas depicted on the OPDs or Leasing Maps. Most are of a uniform size according to the projection and type of map on which they are depicted, but many are of non-uniform size and shape due to their proximity to an adjacent map, projection zone, or boundary. Blocks should always be referred to with their parent protraction name or number since block numbers repeat from one protraction to the next. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease blocks serve as the legal definition for BOEM offshore boundary coordinates used to define small geographic areas within an Official Protraction Diagram (OPD) for leasing and administrative purposes. OCS blocks relate back to individual Official Protraction Diagrams and are not uniquely numbered. Only the most recently published paper or pdf versions of the OPDs or LMs or SOBDs should be used for official or legal purposes. The pdf maps can be found by going to the following link and selecting the appropriate region of interest within the OPD/SOBD table. http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Mapping-and-Data/Index.aspx

Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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These block polygons and other cadastre information the BOEM produces are generated in accordance with 30 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 556.8 Subpart A, (formerly Part 256.8 Subpart A (2010)) to support Federal land ownership and mineral resource management. The BOEM is making its existing cadastre data available at https://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Mapping-and-Data/Index.aspx. These data include Official Protraction Diagrams (OPDs), and Supplemental Official OCS Block Diagrams (SOBDs) in pdf format, and digital spatial data in ArcGIS shapefile format.

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Federal Consistency Geographic Location Descriptions

These data represent state geographic location descriptions (GLDs). Section 307 of the "Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972" (CZMA), called the “federal consistency” provision, gives states a strong voice in federal agency decision making, which they otherwise would not have, for activities that may affect a state’s coastal uses or resources. Federal agency, federal license or permit, and federal financial assistance activities are subject to federal consistency review if the activity occurs outside of the state’s coastal zone but within a GLD. This location description encompasses an area outside the coastal zone in which an activity would have reasonably foreseeable coastal effects. For activities outside of a state’s coastal zone to be automatically subject to federal consistency review, the state federal consistency list must identify the activity and its associated geographic location description. These data represents the GLDs for all states that have defined them.

Source: NOAA Office of Coastal Management; services by MarineCadastre.gov

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Purpose: To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

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Federal OCS Administrative Boundaries

Administrative boundaries extending from the Submerged Lands Act boundary seaward to the US Outer Continental Shelf. These boundaries were created for BOEM administrative purposes only, such as delineating BOEM planning areas or determining shared state revenue sharing within the 3 nautical mile zone seaward of the SLA boundary known as the Revenue Sharing Boundary. They were created using the equidistant principle used to divide offshore areas between countries as defined within the UNCLOS. They are not meant to depict areas offshore as pertaining to or controlled by any particular state.

Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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National Park Service Boundaries

This map shows the locations and boundaries of lands and marine areas administered by the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program helps support more informed planning and decision-making as well as enhances a broad public understanding of parks and programs through data and tools for mapping, visualization, and analysis. National Park Service Director's Order #25 states: "Land status maps will be prepared to identify the ownership of the lands within the authorized boundaries of the park unit. These maps, showing ownership and acreage, are the 'official record' of the acreage of Federal and non-federal lands within the park boundaries. While these maps are the official record of the lands and acreage within the unit's authorized boundaries, they are not of survey quality and not intended to be used for survey purposes."

Source: National Park Service

Notes:

As such this data is intended for use as a tool for GIS analysis. It is in no way intended for engineering or legal purposes. The data accuracy is checked against best available sources which may be dated and vary by location. NPS assumes no liability for use of this data. The boundary polygons LRD creates represent the current legislated boundary of a given NPS unit. NPS does not necessarily have full fee ownership or hold another interest (easement, right of way, etc...) in all parcels contained within this boundary. Equivalently NPS may own or have an interest in parcels outside the legislated boundary of a given unit. In order to obtain complete information about current NPS interests both inside and outside the units’ legislated boundary, the tracts file created by LRD should be used in conjunction with this boundary file created by LRD.

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Marine Jurisdictions

Federally - and internationally - recognized political, legal, and resource management boundaries.

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24NM Contiguous Zone / Marine Jurisdictions

Each coastal State may claim a contiguous zone adjacent to and beyond its territorial sea that extends seaward up to 24 nautical miles from its baselines. In its contiguous zone, a coastal State may exercise the control necessary to prevent the infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea, and punish infringement of those laws and regulations committed within its territory or territorial sea.

Source: NOAA Office of Coast Survey

Notes:

These limits and boundaries do not represent the official depiction. For official depiction, please see NOAA's paper or raster nautical charts.

200NM EEZ and Maritime Boundaries / Marine Jurisdictions

Each coastal State may claim an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) beyond and adjacent to its territorial sea that extends seaward up to 200 nautical miles from its baselines (or out to a maritime boundary with another coastal State).

Source: NOAA Office of Coast Survey

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These limits and boundaries do not represent the official depiction. For official depiction, please see NOAA's paper or raster nautical charts.

Limit of OCSLA '8(g)' zone / Marine Jurisdictions

The revenue sharing boundary was established under Section 8(g) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. It provides for eligible states to claim a percentage of the share of oil, gas, or wind energy revenues when a federal lease is within three miles of the Submerged Lands Act (SLA) boundary.

Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Submerged Lands Act Boundary / Marine Jurisdictions

The Submerged Lands Act (SLA) boundary line (also known as State Seaward Boundary or Fed State Boundary) defines the seaward limit of a state's submerged lands and the landward boundary of federally managed OCS lands. In the BOEM Atlantic Region it is projected 3 nautical miles offshore from the baseline.

Source: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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12NM Territorial Sea / Marine Jurisdictions

Each coastal State may claim a territorial sea that extends seaward up to 12 nautical miles from its baselines. The coastal State exercises sovereignty over its territorial sea, the air space above it, and the seabed and subsoil beneath it.

Source: NOAA Office of Coast Survey

Notes:

These limits and boundaries do not represent the official depiction. For official depiction, please see NOAA's paper or raster nautical charts.

National Marine Fisheries Service Regions

To support regional management efforts, MarineCadastre.gov has developed geographic representations in each of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) regions. Connect with NOAA Fisheries and learn more about fishery management efforts in each of the respective regions by visiting: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/. When viewing the layer in a map, links to the individual region's websites can be found by using the Identify tool and clicking on a region in the map.

Source: NOAA Office of Coastal Management; services by MarineCadastre.gov

Notes:

Purpose: To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

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US Coast Guard Districts

This feature layer, derived from U.S. Department of Homeland Security data, provides information on the U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) Districts. The Coast Guard is the principal federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways. The USCG protects and defends more than 100,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways, and safeguards an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) encompassing 4.5 million square miles. There are 9 districts, each with its own Captain of the Port (COTP) zones they are responsible for patrolling and maintaining.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

Notes:

Data currency is 2016. To learn more: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary organizational units.

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USACE Regulatory Boundary

The US Army Corps of Engineers has been regulating activities in the nation's waters since 1890. Until the 1960s the primary purpose of the regulatory program was to protect navigation. Since then, as a result of laws and court decisions, the program has been broadened so that it now considers the full public interest for both the protection and utilization of water resources. These boundaries represent USACE regulatory districts. Attribute information includes an address, telephone number and url for each district. Updated OCT 2018.

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; web services by the Northeast Ocean Data Portal

Notes:

Updated OCT 2018. This data set was developed for use at a national scale and may not be appropriate for use in local scale mapping.

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Coastal Zone Management Act Boundary

These data represent the extent of the nation's coastal zone, as defined by the individual states and territories under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA). The CZMA was established to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, to restore or enhance the resources of the nation's coastal zone. The zone generally extends seaward to the boundary of the Submerged Lands Act. The zone extends inland from the shorelines only to the extent necessary to control shorelands that have a direct and significant impact on coastal waters. Lands held in trust by the Federal Government have been included in this boundary unless otherwise noted, as accurately representing these could be erroneous. State jurisdiction extends to 3nm, except for Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida’s Gulf coast extends to 9nm. Great Lakes states have jurisdiction to the international boundary with Canada. The CZMA applies within the EEZ through the federal consistency provision (Sec. 307). Areas of state-defined federal consistency review locations can be found within the "Federal Consistency Geographic Location Descriptions" layer. This boundary is unofficial. For precise, regulatory boundaries, please contact the state or territorial coastal program office.

Source: NOAA Office of Coastal Management; services by MarineCadastre.gov

Notes:

Purpose: To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act. Coastal Zone Management Act: https://coast.noaa.gov/data/Documents/OceanLawSearch/Summary%20of%20Law%20-%20Coastal%20Zone%20Management%20Act.pdf This boundary is unofficial. For precise, regulatory boundaries, please contact the state or territorial coastal program office.

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Congressional Districts

This layer depicts the 115th Congressional Districts for the United States, with attributes listing the elected officials for the 115th Congress. Elected to a two-year term, each representative serves the people of a specific congressional district by introducing bills and serving on committees, among other duties. The districts are symbolized by the political party of the current representative.

Source: NOAA Office of Coastal Management; services by MarineCadastre.gov

Notes:

Purpose: To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

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