GIS Data for Take Reduction Plan Regulations and Emergency Regulations

    These maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data represent the regulated areas from Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 229, Authorization for Commercial Fisheries Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. The maps and data on this page represent the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan (BDTRP) regulated areas developed to reduce incidental mortality and serious injury of strategic stocks of bottlenose dolphins from commercial fisheries in the Western North Atlantic Ocean. Gear restricted under the BDTRP includes small, medium, and large mesh gillnets and pound nets.

   THESE MAPS AND DATA ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY. The CFR should be consulted for the precise legal definition of the BDTRP and geographic coordinates of the regulated areas.

     Below are maps and corresponding GIS data.
 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 regulated areas. A link to download Google Earth has been provided below. Please click on the appropriate blue hyperlink to view or download the file.

Click here to download Google Earth


BDTRP- New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland Regulated State Waters 

Federal Register Final Rule: (4/26/2006)

Section 229.35 Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

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

BDTRP- Northern and Southern Virginia State Waters

Federal Register Final Rule: (4/26/2006)

Section 229.35 Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

Map
GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xmlhtml
Google Earth: kmz

BDTRP- Northern North Carolina Regulated State Waters

Federal Register Final Rule: (4/26/2006)

Section 229.35 Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

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

BDTRP- Southern North Carolina Regulated State Waters

Federal Register Final Rule: (7/31/2012)

Section 229.35 Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

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

BDTRP- South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida Regulated Waters

Federal Register Final Rule: (7/31/2012)

Section 229.35 Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

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

BDTRP- Pound Net Regulated Area

Federal Register Final Rule: (2/09/2015)

Section 229.35 Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

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

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