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SECTION 13-0360
Special management areas
Environmental Conservation (ENV) CHAPTER 43-B, ARTICLE 13, TITLE 3
§ 13-0360. Special management areas.

1. For purposes of this section:

(a) "artificial reef" shall mean a hard structure, deliberately placed
in a marine or coastal water body for the purpose of imitating
environmental conditions found on natural underwater rock outcroppings,
shellfish reefs or coral reefs; and

(b) "wreck" shall mean an abandoned shipwreck which occurred through
an accidental circumstance or deliberate scuttling or sinking that was
not part of artificial reef construction activities.

2. For the purposes of protecting reef ecosystems and managing reef
fisheries, the department is hereby authorized to adopt regulations
which designate as a special management area any area of the marine and
coastal district which contains artificial reefs or wrecks simulating
artificial reefs together with the surrounding areas where the biota are
dependent upon the physical characteristics of the reef.

3. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the department
may, until December thirty-first, two thousand twenty-three, adopt
regulations restricting the taking of fish, shellfish and crustacea in
any special management area designated pursuant to subdivision two of
this section. Such regulations may restrict the manner of taking of
fish, shellfish and crustacea in such areas and the landing of fish,
shellfish and crustacea which have been taken therefrom. Such
regulations shall be consistent with all relevant federal and interstate
fisheries management plans and with the marine fisheries conservation
and management policy set forth in section 13-0105 of this article.