What are Fishing Zones?

What Are Fishing Zones?
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If you are into fishing, then you must have heard about the fishing zones. For those who don’t, fishing zones are designated fishing spots defined to make fishing sustainable and prevent some problems related to the extinction of species and the effect of climatic changes on the fish.
 
Fishing around the ocean coasts is not as beneficial as it used to be for people whose livelihood depends on fishing. With climatic changes, things are getting worse. Fishing zones provide a boundary with a controlled environment to protect the fish and prevent garbage and waste material from entering that area. Plastic waste is one of the significant dangers fishes face in the oceans.
 
What is the importance of the fishing zone? Are there any fishing zones located around you? Are fishing zones helpful in preservation? Questions like these and a lot more will be answered in this article, so keep reading till the end.
 

Detailed Information about Fishing Zones

Fishing zones are defined to deal with three significant problems:
  1. Overfishing
  2. Climate change
  3. Habitat destruction due to pollution and plastic waste
 
The primary purpose of fishing zones is to ensure long-time conservation of fish. However, based on the threats to fish in a specific area, fishing zones are categorically divided into three types, with different protection levels. These types are:
  • Minimally Protected
  • Lightly Protected
  • Fully Protected
 
Minimally Protected: As the name suggests, it does provide some protection, but generally, it is minimal. The regulations are not enforced strictly, and there are occasional incidents of rule breakings. However, in any way, they are still better than unprotected zones.
 
Lightly Protected: protected fishing zones prevent any kind of drilling activity in the surrounding to prevent fishes’ habitat destruction. They allow commercial fishing with a sustainable practice to preserve the environment and the fishes.
 
Fully Protected: Fully protected areas prevent you from any kind of drilling, extrusive, or industrial activity in the vicinity. The rules are enforced to their maximum, and there is no place for any destructive activity.
 
Fishing zones are significant for the preservation of species of fish. It also helps you maintain a specific yield of fish to control the fish mortality rate. It helps you prevent any kind of waste or garbage material from entering into the area and causing environmental pollution. They do not only regulate but also manage the fishing rights and keep a check on the attitude of fishers towards the fish and resources. Fishing zones vastly help in maintaining a sustainable ecosystem and a clean environment.
 
Controlled fishing zones help you avoid a lot of problems. Environmental pollution due to a used fishing gear is a big problem, and enforcement of strict rules in fishing zones helps you negate that problem. Similarly, some destructive fishing methods such as blast fishing are banned from being used in a fishing zone as they cause more damage than any advantage.
 
Moreover, it helps you protect, if any, endangered species from extinction. Some species require a specific temperature and living conditions to sustain, and that is only possible to provide in a geographically bound fishing zone.
 

Importance of Fishing Zones

Scientific Importance of Fishing Zones

As described above, fishing zones help you maintain and preserve the ecosystem and protect the fish from extinction. It provides them with a habitat most useful for their growth.
 

Statistical Importance of Fishing Zones

More than 40% of fish production is contained within the defined fishing zones in the USA. This is a considerable number. Out of that 40%, more than 90% is used for direct human consumption.
 

Political Importance of Fishing Zones

Fishing zones hold substantial political importance, especially in the areas where fishing is the main livelihood of people. Creating a defined fishing zone regulates fishing and makes sure that people will get their desired fish all year without anything adversely impacting the fishing process. Creating a fishing zone in a community can be a political boost for anyone who gets it approved. It increases the value of that area with an increase in fish production and will lead to positive sentiments.

List of the important fishing zones in all of the US states

Alaska

Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary

Connecticut

Bluff Point State Park/Natural Area Preserve

Connecticut

Silver Sands State Park/Charles Island Natural Area Preserve

Connecticut

Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Management Area

Connecticut

Duck Island Wildlife Management Area/Natural Area Preserve (Westbrook)

Connecticut

East River Marsh Wildlife Area/ East River Wildlife Area

Connecticut

Great Island Wildlife Area/Roger Tory Peterson Natural Area Preserve

Connecticut

Harkness Memorial State Park/William A Niering Natural Area Preserve

Connecticut

Selden Neck State Park/Natural Area Preserve

Delaware

Cape Henlopen State Park

Delaware

Augustine Wildlife Area

Delaware

Ted Harvey Conservation Area (Wildlife Area)

Delaware

Little Creek Wildlife Area

Delaware

Assawoman Wildlife Area

Delaware

Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area

California

Farallon Islands Game Refuge

Connecticut

Hammonasset Natural Area Preserve

Delware

Woodland Beach Wildlife Area

Florida

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve

Florida

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Florida

Gasparilla Sound – Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve

Florida

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Florida

Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve

Florida

Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve

Florida

Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve

Florida

Rookery Bay Aquatic Preserve

Georgia

Altamaha Wildlife Management Area

Georgia

Little Tybee Island/Cabbage Island Natural Area

Georgia

Ossabaw Island Wildlife Management Area

Georgia

Sapelo Island Wildlife Management Area

Georgia

Skidaway Island State Park

Georgia

Crooked River State Park

Georgia

Fort McAllister State Park

Georgia

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

Guam

Pati Point Preserve

Guam

Tumon Bay Preserve

Guam

Haputo Ecological Reserve Area

Guam

Piti Bomb Holes Preserve

Guam

Orote Ecological Reserve Area

Guam

Achang Reef Flat

Hawaii

Kaho’olawe Island Reserve

Indiana

Indiana Dunes State Park (Dunes Nature Preserve)

Los Angeles

Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area and Game Preserve

Massachusetts

Alger Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Detour Passage Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Keweenaw Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Manitou Passage Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Marquette Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Sanilac Shores Great Lakes State Underwater Preserve

Massachusetts

Southwest Michigan Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Straits of Mackinac Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Thumb Area Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Massachusetts

Whitefish Point Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve

Northern Marianas

Bird Island Sea Cucumber Reserve

Northern Marianas

Tank Beach Trochus Reserve

Northern Marianas

Managaha Marine Conservation Area

Northern Marianas

Lighthouse Reef Trochus Reserve

Mississippi

Graveline Bay Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Hancock County Marsh Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Jourdan River Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Old Fort Bayou Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Pascagoula River Marsh Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Round Island Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Bayou La Croix Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Wolf River Marsh Coastal Preserve

Mississippi

Bayou Portage Coastal Preserve

North Carolina

Fort Macon State Park Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Kitty Hawk Woods Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Roanoke Island Marshes Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Northwest River Marsh Game Land Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Currituck Banks Estuarine Reserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Currituck Outer Banks Preserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Nags Head Woods Preserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Zekes Island Estuarine Reserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

North Carolina

Permuda Island Coastal Reserve

New Hampshire

Hampton Beach State Park

New Hampshire

Odiorne Point State Park

New Hampshire

Rye Harbor State Park (Ragged Neck)

New Jersey

Cheesequake State Park

New Jersey

Port Republic Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Swan Bay Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Fort Mott State Park

New Jersey

Heislerville Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Dennis Creek Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Fortescue Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Cape May Wetlands Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

Abbotts Meadow Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey

North Brigantine State Natural Area

New Jersey

Cape May Wetlands State Natural Area

New Jersey

Corson’s Inlet State Park

New Jersey

Swimming River Natural Area

Hawaii

Old Kona Airport Marine Life Conservation District

Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay Marine Life Conservation District

North Carolina

Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve Dedicated Nature Preserve

New Mexico

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Ohio

Headland Dunes State Nature Preserve

Ohio

North Pond State Nature Preserve

Ohio

North Shore Alvar State Nature Preserve

Ohio

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Oregon

Whale Cove Habitat Refuge

Puerto Rico

Bosque Estatal de Ceiba Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Canal Luis Pe├▒a Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Laguna Joyuda Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Isla de Desecheo Marine Reserve

Puerto Rico

El Pantano, Bosque de Pterocarpus y Lagunas Mandry y Santa Teresa Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Tres Palmas de Rinc│n Marine Reserve

Texas

Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area

Virginia

Cape Charles Coastal Habitat Natural Area Preserve

Virgin Island

Compass Point Pond Marine Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary

Virgin Island

St. Croix East End Marine Park

Washington

Brackett’s Landing Shoreline Sanctuary Conservation Area

Washington

Dabob Bay Natural Area Preserve

Washington

Zella M. Schultz/Protection Island Seabird Sanctuary

Washington

Sund Rock Conservation Area

Washington

Octopus Hole Conservation Area

Washington

Orchard Rocks Conservation Area

Washington

South 239th Street Park Conservation Area

Oregon

Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve

Oregon

Otter Rock Marine Reserve

New Mexico

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

American Samoa

Fagamalo Village Marine Protected Area

American Samoa

Sa’ilele Village Marine Protected Area

American Samoa

Amanave Village Marine Protected Area

California

Richardson Rock (San Miguel Island) State Marine Reserve

California

Judith Rock (San Miguel Island) State Marine Reserve

California

Harris Point (San Miguel Island) State Marine Reserve

New York

Napeague State Park

New York

Nissequogue River State Park

New York

Orient Beach State Park

New York

Camp Hero State Park

New York

Robert Moses State Park – Long Island

New York

Shadmoor State Park

New York

Wildwood State Park

New York

Captree State Park

New York

Gilgo State Park

New York

Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park

Ohio

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Oregon

Haystack Rock Marine Garden

Oregon

Cape Kiwanda Marine Garden

Oregon

Otter Rock Marine Garden

Oregon

Yaquina Head Marine Garden

Oregon

Cape Perpetua Marine Garden

Oregon

Harris Beach Marine Garden

Oregon

Pirate Cove Research Reserve

Pennsylvania

Presque Isle State Park

Pennsylvania

Neshaminy State Park – Tidal Marsh Natural Area

Pennsylvania

Little Tinicum Island Natural Area

Puerto Rico

Bosque Estatal de Guínica Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Bosque Natural de Boquer│n Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Cabezas de San Juan Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Bah¡as Bioluminiscentes de Vieques Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Cueva del Indio Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Ca├▒o Tiburones Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

La Parguera Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Arrecifes de la Cordillera Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

R¡o Esp¡ritu Santo Natural Reserve

Puerto Rico

Bosque Estatal de Pi├▒ones Natural Reserve

South Carolina

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area

South Carolina

Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve

South Carolina

St. Helena Sound Heritage Preserve

South Carolina

Tom Yawkee Wildlife Center

South Carolina

Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary

Texas

Sea Rim State Park

Texas

Boca Chica State Park

Texas

Galveston Island State Park

Texas

Goose Island State Park

Texas

Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area

Texas

Mad Island Wildlife Management Area

Hawaii

Wai’opae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District

Florida

Henderson Creek/Enchanting Shores No Entry Zone

Florida

Pansy Bayou No Entry Zone

Hawaii

Molokini Shoal Marine Life Conservation District

Hawaii

Manele-Hulopoe Marine Life Conservation District

Hawaii

Lapakahi Marine Life Conservation District

Texas

Mustang Island State Park

Texas

Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area

Texas

J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area

Virginia

False Cape State Park

Virginia

Kiptopeke State Park

Virginia

Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

Virginia

Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve

Virginia

Caledon Natural Area

Virginia

Chotank Creek Natural Area Preserve

Virginia

Cumberland Marsh Natural Area Preserve

Virginia

Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve

Virginia

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

Virgin Island

St. James Marine Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary

Washington

Argyle Lagoon San Juan Islands Marine Preserve

Washington

False Bay San Juan Islands Marine Preserve

Washington

Friday Harbor San Juan Islands Marine Preserve

Washington

Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

Washington

Titlow Beach Marine Preserve

Washington

Z’s Reef Marine Preserve

Washington

Admiralty Head Marine Preserve

Washington

Colvos Passage Marine Preserve

Washington

Blake Island Underwater Park

Washington

Fort Worden Underwater Park

Washington

Shaw Island San Juan Islands Marine Preserve

Washington

Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary

Washington

Yellow and Low Islands San Juan Islands Marine Preserve

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