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California Marine Protected Areas

Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of March 1, 2016 new MPA regulations are in effect.
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° 04.742' N. lat. 122° 16.026' W. long.;
37° 04.700' N. lat. 122° 16.062' W. long.;
37° 04.700' N. lat. 122° 21.000' W. long.;
37° 03.520' N. lat. 122° 21.000' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 02.570' N. lat. 122° 18.963' W. long.; and
37° 02.570' N. lat. 122° 13.989' 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.

It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for commercial and/or recreational purposes, except for those listed above.

Note that state and federal sport and commercial fishing regulations apply in addition to MPA regulations.