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Blue Cavern Onshore 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: Two Harbors

Regulations in Effect Since: 4/30/2012

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

33° 25.96' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.;
33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.;
33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long.; and
33° 26.64' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Other Regulations:

*Formerly known as Blue Cavern State Marine Conservation Area

Except as pursuant to Federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, it is unlawful to anchor or moor a vessel in the formerly designated Catalina Marine Science Center Marine Life Refuge.

The director of the Catalina Marine Science Center Marine Life Refuge, or any person that the director of the refuge has authorized may anchor or moor a vessel or take, for scientific purposes, any fish or specimen of marine plant life in the formely designated Catalina Marine Science Center Marine Life Refuge under the conditions prescribed in a scientific collecting permit issued by the department

Maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area is allowed pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.