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California Marine Protected Areas

Big Flat State Marine Conservation Area
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: Northern California (Pigeon Pt. northward)

County: Humboldt

Nearest Port: Eureka

Regulations in Effect Since: 12/19/2012

Boundaries: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

40° 09.400' N. lat. 124° 12.671' W. long.;
40° 09.400' N. lat. 124° 19.366' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
40° 07.500' N. lat. 124° 16.203' W. long.; and
40° 07.500' N. lat. 124° 10.313' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon by trolling. Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand.

Prohibited Species: All except salmon by trolling and Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon with troll fishing gear. Dungeness crab by trap.

Prohibited Species: All except salmon with troll fishing gear and Dungeness crab by trap.

Other Regulations: The following federally recognized tribes are exempt from the area and take regulations for this MPA and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes, including general rules for Tribal Take found in Section 632(a)(11):

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria,
Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians of the Big Valley Rancheria,
Cahto Indian Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria,
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians,
Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria,
Guidiville Rancheria,
Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake,
Hopland Band of Pomo Indians of the Hopland Rancheria,
Lower Lake Rancheria,
Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria,
Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians,
Pinoleville Pomo Nation,
Potter Valley Tribe,
Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians,
Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians,
Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation,
Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and
Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians