Reminder: Historic Shipwreck Avoidance on Stellwagen Bank

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NOAA Fisheries - New England - Mid Atlantic Bulletin

April 9, 2020

Reminder: Historic Shipwreck Avoidance on Stellwagen Bank

NOAA Fisheries, in conjunction with NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, requests that vessels avoid shipwreck sites on southern Stellwagen Bank within the Sanctuary by keeping gear 400 feet away from each of the site locations listed below.  

Historic and modern shipwrecks to avoid in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Vessel Name


North Latitude

West Longitude




42° 11’ 07’’

-70° 12’ 03”

19 fathom



42° 11’ 52”

-70° 11’ 01”

20 fathom



42° 13’ 50”

-70° 09’ 05”

27 fathom

Josephine Marie


42° 10’ 55”

-70° 13’ 28”

16 fathom

We recognize that fishermen want to avoid shipwrecks to ensure the safety of the crew and because of the risks of damaging their gear when the gear gets hung up on a wreck or other objects on the ocean floor.  Hanging up on a wreck can also cause serious damage to shipwrecks that have historical significance.  

For more information read the permit holder bulletin posted on our website.


Fishermen:  Contact Shannah Jaburek, Sustainable Fisheries, 978-282-8456 or

Ben Haskell, Sanctuary Deputy Superintendent, 978-546-6005