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Pillar Point State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of October 1, 2014 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: North Central California (Pt. Arena to Pigeon Pt.)

County: San Mateo

Nearest Port: Pillar Point Harbor

Regulations in Effect Since: 5/1/2010

Boundaries: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

37° 30.00' N. lat. 122° 29.93' W. long.;
37° 30.00' N. lat. 122° 34.61' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 28.33' N. lat. 122° 33.47' W. long.;
37° 28.33' N lat. 122° 30.83' W. long.;
37° 29.18' N lat. 122° 30.36' W. long.; and
37° 29.74' N lat. 122° 29.97' W, long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Pelagic finfish by trolling. Dungness crab by trap. Market squid by hand-held dip net.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT Dungeness crab by trap and market squid by hand-held dip net. Finfish EXCEPT pelagic finfish by trolling.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Pelagic finfish by trolling or round haul net. Dungeness crab by trap. Market squid by round haul net.

Prohibited Species: Finfish, EXCEPT pelagic finfish. Invertebrates EXCEPT Dungeness crab and market squid. All marine aquatic plants.