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Safety Zone Procedures

Effective June 21, 2010, a 3nm Safety Zone will exist around San Clemente Island. Extending from the high tide line out to 3nm, the Safety Zone is divided into eight sections (Figure 1).

Figure 1. San Clemente Island Safety Zones

Figure 1. San Clemente Island Safety Zones

Unless scheduled for hazardous military training and testing activities, six sections (A, B, C, D, E, F) are available to the public for recreational and commercial activities (e.g. fishing, diving, sailing). Check the Schedule/Safety Zones link for the daily status of these six safety zone sections. An area not highlighted is not scheduled for hazardous military operations, so the public may access these offshore waters. If an area is highlighted in red, hazardous military operations are scheduled for the entire day, so do not enter that area at any time during the day in question. If an area is highlighted in red/green stripes, the area is scheduled for part of the day for hazardous military operations, so do not enter these areas during the scheduled period; see the tables to the left of the map on that page.

Figure 2. San Clemente Island Safety Zones Status Display

Figure 2. San Clemente Island Safety Zones Status Display

Remember that schedules are subject to change at any time!

To view the name of the scheduled range and time period the range will be closed to the public, simply click on the graphic in the area for which you'd like information; the tables to the left of the map will show a yellow highlight denoting the operations scheduled for the day.

Warning: The Navy routinely flies UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) from and around San Clemente Island. Many of these UAS's are small and near invisible to other pilots. Any SAFETY ZONE SECTION HIGHLIGHTED in red on scisland.org, generally also has hazardous airspace associated with it. Please keep all aerial fish spotters and other aircraft out of hazardous operations areas for your safety and the safety of others.

Wilson Cove Safety Zone

Wilson Cove Safety Zone is permanently closed to the public for all activities. However, vessels may transit parallel along the shoreline inside the Safety Zone between 2nm to 3nm offshore, and appears as a dark blue area on the Safety Zone graphic. This is a transit only area; fishing (including lobster pots) and diving are prohibited in this area. The public may not enter the Wilson Cove Security Zone (high tide line to 2nm offshore) at any time.

Section G

Section G Safety Zone is permanently closed to the public for all activities. However, vessels may contact KRAKEN to request authorization to transit (only) through the Section G Safety Zone. You must have authorization from KRAKEN to transit through Section G Safety Zone. Procedures for requesting transit:

Section G IS THE ONLY SAFETY ZONE WHERE THIS PROCEDURE APPLIES. If the website depicts Safety Zone sections A-F as “hot,” you may not transit these areas until the website indicates that the offshore areas are accessible.

Penalties for Safety Zone Violations

Civil penalties

Federal penalties

Inflation-adjusted civil penalties are authorized by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended, and are listed in 33 C.F.R. §27.3. Civil penalties at 33 C.F.R. §27.3 were revised at 74 Federal Register 245 (December 23, 2009). Penalties for Class C and D felonies are listed at 18 U.S.C. §3851.

Federal Register Notice

Link: Federal Register Notice (PDF)