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Figure-H3.51.0

Fig. H3.51.0 shows the boundaries of the Western Indian Ocean (Major Fishing Area 51).

A description of the area and its subareas follows.

All marine waters of the Western Indian Ocean bounded by a line commencing on the southeast coast of India at 77°00'E longitude where the boundary between the States of Kerala and Tamil Nadu meet at the sea; thence due south to the Equator; thence due east to 80°00'E longitude; thence due south to latitude 45°00'S; thence running due west along parallel 45°00'S from 80°00E longitude to 30°00'E longitude; thence due north to the coast of southern Africa; thence in a northeasterly direction along the east coast of the African continent to the northern entrance to the Suez Canal; thence running in a southeasterly direction along the east coast of the Red Sea; thence round the Arabian Peninsula and along the coast of Iran, Pakistan and India to the point of departure.

The Western Indian Ocean is divided into the following subareas:
Red Sea (Subarea 51.1)
The waters bounded by the northern entrance of the Suez Canal and a rhumb line on the south drawn from the frontier between Eritrea and Djibouti on the coast of Africa, running across the mouth of the Red Sea, to Al Mukha on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Gulf (Subarea 51.2)
The waters of the Gulf closed by a line commencing at the northern tip of Ra's Musandam and running due east to the coast of Iran.

Western Arabian Sea (Subarea 51.3)
The eastern and southern boundaries are a line from the Iran/Pakistan frontier on the coast of Asia running due south to the parallel 20°00'N; thence due east to the meridian 65°00'E; thence due south to the parallel 10°00'N; thence due west to the coast of Africa; northern boundaries determined by the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula and running along the coast to the northern tip of Ra's Musandam, thence due east to the coast of Iran.

Eastern Arabian Sea, Laccadives (Subarea 51.4)
The waters bounded by a line commencing on the coast of Asia at 61°00'E longitude at the Iran/Pakistan frontier, running due south to the parallel 20°00'N; thence due east to the meridian 65°00'E; thence due south to the parallel 10°00'S; thence due east to the meridian 80°00'E; thence due north to the Equator; thence due west to the meridian 77°00'E; thence due north to the southeast coast of India where the boundary between the States of Kerala and Tamil Nadu (formerly Madras) meet at the sea.

Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania (Subarea 51.5)
The waters bounded by a line commencing on the coast of Somalia at 10°00'N running due east to the meridian 65°00'E; thence due south to the parallel 10°00'S; thence due west to the meridian 45°00'E; thence due south to the parallel 10°28'S; thence due west to meet the east coast of Africa between Ras Mwambo (to the north) and Mwambo Village (to the south).

Madagascar and Mozambique Channel (Subarea 51.6)
The waters bounded by a line commencing on the east coast of Africa between Ras Mwambo (to the north) and Mwambo village (to the south) at 10°28'S latitude, running due east to the meridian 45°00'E; thence due north to the parallel 10°00'S; thence due east to the meridian 55°00'E; thence due south to the parallel 30°00'S; thence due west to the meridian 40°00'E; thence due north to the coast of Mozambique; thence in a northerly direction along the coast of Mozambique to the point of departure.

Oceanic (Subarea 51.7)
The waters bounded by a line commencing at the position 10°00'S latitude and 55°00'E longitude, running due east to the meridian 80°00'E; thence due south to the parallel 45°00'S; thence due west to the meridian 40°00'E; thence due north to the parallel 30°00'S; thence due east to the meridian 55°00'E; thence due north to the starting position on the parallel 10°00'S.

Mozambique (Subarea 51.8)
It comprises the waters lying north of parallel 45°00'S and between the meridians 30°00'E and 40°00'E.

 
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