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San Dieguito Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of October 1, 2014 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Southern California (Pt. Conception southward)

County: San Diego

Nearest Port: San Diego

Regulations in Effect Since: 1/1/2012

Boundaries: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the San Dieguito Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Finfish by hook-and-line from shore.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Other Regulations:

Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the conservation area.

No person, except state and local law enforcement officers, fire suppression agencies and employees of the department in the performance of their official duties or persons possessing written permission from the department, shall be permitted on the California least tern nesting island.

No person, except state and local law enforcement officers, fire suppression agencies and employees of the department in the performance of their official duties or persons possessing written permission from the department, shall enter this conservation area between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.