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California Marine Protected Areas

Cat Harbor State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)
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: Southern California (Pt. Conception southward)

County: Los Angeles

Nearest Port: Catalina Harbor

Regulations in Effect Since: 1/1/2012

Boundaries: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line on the west side of Catalina Island northward of a straight line connecting Pin Rock (33° 25.50' N. lat. 118° 30.28' W. long.) and Cat Head Point (33° 25.32' N. lat. 118° 30.76' W. long.).

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Squid by hook-and-line. Lobster and sea urchin. Finfish by hook-and-line or by spearfishing.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates EXCEPT squid, lobster, and sea urchin.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Sea cucumber by diving only. Spiny lobster and sea urchin. Finfish aquaculture pursuant to required state permits.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT sea cucumber, spiny lobster, and sea urchin. All finfish, except finfish associated with permitted aquaculture facilities.