Fig. H2.31.0 shows the boundaries of the Western Central Atlantic (Major Fishing Area 31).|
A description of the area is as follows:
All marine waters of the Western Central Atlantic bounded by a line beginning from a point on the coast of South America at 5°00'N latitude; thence in a northerly direction along this coast past the Atlantic entry to the Panama Canal; thence along the coasts of Central and North America to a point on this coast at 35°00'N latitude; thence due east along this parallel to 42°00'W longitude; thence due north along this meridian to 36°00'N latitude; thence due east along this parallel to 40°00'W longitude; thence due south along this meridian to 5°00'N latitude; thence due west along this parallel to the original point at 5°00'N latitude on the coast of South America.
There are no subdivisions of the Western Central Atlantic (Major Fishing Area 31) that are recognised for the collection of STATLANT catch and effort data.