Fig. 2. Area and habitat closures designated by the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) as of 2007. The first two area closures (marked in red) were created on Georges Bank in 1994. Western Gulf of Maine Area Closure (WGoMAC; marked in blue) was created in 1998 (Framework Adjustment 25 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan). 2004 amendments (Amendment 13 to the to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan) created habitat closures (marked with diamond pattern). In the case of WGoMAC, new regulations divided original area closure into habitat closure and rebuilding closure. (Map source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] - National Marine Fisheries Service [NMFS], Northeast Regional Office [NERO]).