GIS Data for Gulf of Mexico EFH and HAPC

    Essential fish habitat (EFH) and habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC) are designated by NOAA Fisheries and the regional fishery managment councils for species managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data on this page represent geographic areas for those species in the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region for the Gulf of Mexico. Check back for more data soon.

   THESE MAPS AND DATA ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY. The 2005 Generic EFH Fishery Management Plan Amendment (FMP) should be consulted for specific information on habitats identified as EFH and HAPC.

     Below are maps and corresponding GIS data listed by the EFH FMP and HAPC within the EFH designation. Esri's ArcGIS software or Google Earth can be used to open shapefiles. Metadata (information about the data file) for each GIS layer is available in XML or an easy-to-read HTML format. Google Earth can also be used to open zipped KML (KMZ) files to view individual managed areas. A link to download Google Earth has been provided below. Please click on the appropriate blue hyperlink to view or download the file.

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Essential Fish Habitat

Red Drum

EFH for red drum consists of all Gulf of Mexico estuaries; waters and substrates extending from Vermilion Bay, Louisiana to the eastern edge of Mobile Bay, Alabama out to depths of 25 fathoms; waters and substrates extending from Crystal River, Florida to Naples, Florida between depths of 5 and 10 fathoms; waters and substrates extending from Cape Sable, Florida to the boundary between the areas covered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council between depths of 5 and 10 fathoms.

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GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Reef Fish

EFH for reef fish consists of Gulf of Mexico waters and substrates extending from the US/Mexico border to the boundary between the areas covered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management council from estuarine waters out to depths of 100 fathoms.

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GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth:  kmz

Coastal Migratory Pelagic

EFH for coastal migratory pelagic resources consists of Gulf of Mexico waters and substrates extending from the US/Mexico border to the boundary between the areas covered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from estuarine waters out to depths of 100 fathoms.

Map
GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Shrimp

EFH for shrimp consists of Gulf of Mexico waters and substrates extending from the US/Mexico border to Fort Walton Beach, Florida from estuarine waters out to depths of 100 fathoms; waters and substrates extending from Grand Isle, Louisiana to Pensacola Bay, Florida between depths of 100 and 325 fathoms; waters and substrates extending from Pensacola Bay, Florida to the boundary between the areas covered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council out to depths of 35 fathoms, with the exception of waters extending from Crystal River, Florida to Naples, Florida between depths of 10 and 25 fathoms and in Florida Bay between depths of 5 and 10 fathoms.

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GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Spiny Lobster

EFH for spiny lobster consists of Gulf of Mexico waters and substrates extending from Tarpon Springs, Florida to Naples, Florida between depths of 5 and 10 fathoms; waters and substrates extending from Cape Sable, Florida to the boundary between the areas covered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council out to depths of 15 fathoms.

Map
GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Coral

EFH for coral consists of the total distribution of coral species and life stages throughout the Gulf of Mexico including the East and West Flower Garden Banks, Florida Middle Grounds, southwest tip of the Florida reef tract, and predominant patchy hard bottom offshore of Florida from approximately Crystal River south to the Keys, and scattered along the pinnacles and banks from Texas to Mississippi, at the shelf edge.

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GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html 
Google Earth: kmz


Reef and Banks EFH HAPCs

The following areas have been identified as reef and bank HAPCs within areas of EFH in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico shelf: East and West Flower Garden Banks; Stetson Bank; 29 Fathom; MacNeil; Rezak Sidner Bank; Rankin Bright Bank; Geyer Bank; McGrail Bank; Bouma Bank; Sonnier Bank; Alderice Bank; and Jakkula Bank. The HAPCs within the Gulf of Mexico, which have fishing restrictions include: the North and South Tortugas Marine Reserves; East and West Flower Garden Banks; Florida Middle Grounds; Madison-Swanson Marine Reserve; Pulley Ridge (area closed to fishing); Stetson Bank; and McGrail Bank. The GIS data and maps for the fishing restricted areas can be found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/maps_gis_data/fisheries/gom/GOM_index.html.

2005 Generic Amendment 3 for EFH HAPC in the Gulf of Mexico

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GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: point xml, polygon xml, point html, polygon html 
Google Earth: point kmz, polygon kmz


Pulley Ridge EFH HAPC

In the Gulf of Mexico, on the southern edge of the West Florida Shelf, Pulley Ridge has been identified as HAPC, within areas of EFH.

2005 Generic Amendment 3 for EFH HAPC in the Gulf of Mexico

Map
GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: point xml, polygon xml, point html, polygon html 
Google Earth: point kmz, polygon kmz


For more information or questions about this data please contact the GIS Coordinator at nmfs.ser.gis.coordinator@noaa.gov.