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California Marine Protected Areas

Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of December 19, 2012 new MPA regulations are in effect for the Northern California coast from the Oregon/California border to Point Arena.
Management Area: Central California (Pigeon Pt. to Pt. Conception)

County: Santa Cruz

Nearest Port: Pillar Point Harbor

Regulations in Effect Since: 2007

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

37° 04.70' N. lat. 122° 16.20' W. long.;
37° 04.70' N. lat. 122° 21.00' W. long.;
37° 03.55' N. lat. 122° 21.00' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 02.57' N. lat. 122° 19.10' W. long.; and
37° 02.57' N. lat. 122° 14.00' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon and, by hook-and-line from shore only, other finfish. Giant kelp by hand harvest only. Squid.

Prohibited Species: Marine aquatic plants EXCEPT giant kelp by hand harvest only. Invertebrates EXCEPT squid. Finfish EXCEPT salmon and, by hook-and-line from shore only, other finfish.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Bull kelp and giant kelp by hand harvest only, salmon, market squid.

Prohibited Species: Marine aquatic plants EXCEPT giant kelp by hand harvest only. Finfish EXCEPT salmon. Invertebrates EXCEPT market squid.

Other Regulations: Not more than five percent (5%) by landed weight of any commercial squid catch may be other species taken incidentally to squid.