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California Marine Protected Areas

Big Creek 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: Monterey

Regulations in Effect Since: 2007

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

36° 07.200' N. lat. 121° 39.000' W. long.;
36° 07.200' N. lat. 121° 42.869' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
36° 05.200' N. lat. 121° 41.222' W. long.;
36° 05.200' N. lat. 121° 38.000' W. long.; and
36° 07.200' N. lat. 121° 39.000' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon and albacore

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates. Finfish EXCEPT salmon and albacore.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Spot prawn, salmon, albacore

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates EXCEPT spot prawn. All finfish EXCEPT salmon and albacore.

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 and commercial fishing regulations apply in addition to MPA regulations.