Originally Posted by shocktherapy
I and many others catch bass off shore or at certain coastal spots that aren't on the bank well further than 3 miles across the cape cod bay. Is this illegal to transfer the fish across CC bay back to Plymouth??.............
Let me first make this disclaimer. The following is speculation based on past research and on information from the NY DEC on questioning the colregs in NY and NJ.
Theoretically if Plymouth was your origin of port and your beyond three miles perpendiculer from your port of origin - Its illegal. Then technically you are beyond the federal boundries with the fish. If you berthed out of the cape within three miles and returned there then it would not be illegal.
This issue also shows up within other state boundries. Whos to say whether your fish was caught in Maine or Mass, or New York or New Jersey? The issue here is also resolved by origin of port. State demarcation lines are referred to as coreg lines nautically.
The individual State colreg boundries are marked on nautical charts.
Facts on the EEZ for Reference purposes
The 3 mile rule doesnt begin what is known as the EEZ however.
Thats something different.
The Federal EEZ also changes with the states terrain and the obvious differences in land mass. The EEZ is defined as all waters within 200 miles of the coast.
The baseline is defined as a line perpendicular the the tip of the outermost land mass.
A state's territorial sea extends up to 12 nautical miles (22 km) from its baseline.
In the 1980's these boundries were fought over by Canada and the US in court at the Hague in netherlands.
The US has the largest area of EEZ in the world at 4.3M miles.