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California Marine Protected Areas

Elkhorn Slough 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: Monterey

Nearest Port: Moss Landing

Regulations in Effect Since: 2007

Boundaries: This area includes the waters below mean high tide within Elkhorn Slough east of the Highway 1 Bridge and west of longitude 121° 46.400' W.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Finfish by hook-and-line only. Clams taken on the north shore of the slough in the area adjacent to the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT clams taken on the north shore of the slough in the area adjacent to the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Other Regulations: 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 fishing regulations apply in addition to MPA regulations.