California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California's Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network

Updated October 1, 2014

MPAs by Region | MPAs by County | Definitions | General Rules that Apply to All MPAs

The MPAs listed below are those that currently exist in California State waters. For each MPA you can access maps, coordinates and regulatory information.

This page includes all MPAs developed or re-designed pursuant to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) that have been adopted into state law, with MPAs separated out by county or by coastal region.

MPAs by Region

Northern California MPAs
California/Oregon border to Alder Creek near Point Arena

North Central California MPAs
Alder Creek near Point Arena to Pigeon Point

San Francisco Bay MPAs
Established prior to 2007 within San Francisco Bay

Central California MPAs
Pigeon Point to Point Conception

Southern California MPAs
Point Conception to the California/Mexico border, including Channel Islands MPAs

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Notes:

  • Other state and federal regulations and restrictions on fishing may apply. The following maps do not replace the legal descriptions found in Title 14, California Code of Regulations or other state and federal regulations. Map Datum used is North American Datum 1983 (NAD83) and position format is in Degrees Minutes Decimal Minutes (DDD MM.MMM). Shown map boundaries are superceded by regulations published in Title 14, Section 632, California Code of Regulations.
  • Maps are presented for each MPA. JPG maps are low-resolution files that can be quickly viewed on most computers. PDF maps are higher-resolution files, providing greater detail and clarity.

Del Norte County

Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area

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

42° 00.000' N. lat. 124° 12.735' W. long.;
42° 00.000' N. lat. 124° 19.814' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
41° 57.500' N. lat. 124° 17.101' W. long.; and
41° 57.500' N. lat. 124° 12.423' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of surf smelt by dip net or Hawaiian type throw net is allowed.
  2. The following federally recognized tribe is exempt from the area and take regulations for Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(1)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes: Smith River Rancheria

Point St. George Reef Offshore State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

41° 52.000' N. lat. 124° 23.189' W. long.;
41° 52.000' N. lat. 124° 25.805' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
41° 49.000' N. lat. 124° 26.252' W. long.;
41° 49.000' N. lat. 124° 23.189' W. long.; and
41° 52.000' N. lat. 124° 23.189' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of salmon by trolling; and Dungeness crab by trap is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear; and Dungeness crab by trap is allowed.
  3. The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Point St. George Reef Offshore State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(2)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes: Elk Valley Rancheria and Smith River Rancheria

Southwest Seal Rock Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to Southwest Seal Rock as follows.

(A) A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Southwest Seal Rock, located in the vicinity of 41° 48.810' N. lat. 124° 21.099' W. long.

(B) Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(3)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored at any time from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Southwest Seal Rock.

(C) No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(3)(B).

Castle Rock Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to Castle Rock as follows.

(A) A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Castle Rock, located in the vicinity of 41° 45.706' N. lat. 124° 14.949' W. long.

(B) Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(4)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored at any time from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Castle Rock.

(C) No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(4)(B).

False Klamath Rock Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to False Klamath Rock as follows.

(A) A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of False Klamath Rock, located in the vicinity of 41° 35.633' N. lat. 124° 06.699' W. long. during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(B) Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(5)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of False Klamath Rock during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(C) No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(5)(B) during the period of March 1 to August 31.

Humboldt County

Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area

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

41° 20.100' N. lat. 124° 04.911' W. long.;
41° 20.100' N. lat. 124° 10.000' W. long.;
41° 17.600' N. lat. 124° 10.000' W. long.; and
41° 17.600' N. lat. 124° 05.497' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of salmon by trolling; surf smelt by dip net or Hawaiian type throw net; and Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear; surf smelt by dip net; and Dungeness crab by trap is allowed.
  3. The following federally recognized tribe is exempt from the area and take regulations for Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(6)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes: Yurok Tribe of the Yurok Reservation

Reading Rock State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

41° 20.100' N. lat. 124° 10.000' W. long.;
41° 20.100' N. lat. 124° 14.655' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
41° 17.600' N. lat. 124° 11.963' W. long.;
41° 17.600' N. lat. 124° 10.000' W. long.; and
41° 20.100' N. lat. 124° 10.000' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Samoa State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: 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° 55.000' N. lat. 124° 08.432' W. long.;
40° 55.000' N. lat. 124° 12.677' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
40° 52.000' N. lat. 124° 14.225' W. long.; and
40° 52.000' N. lat. 124° 09.803' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of salmon by trolling; surf smelt by dip net or Hawaiian type throw net; and Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear; surf smelt by dip net; and Dungeness crab by trap is allowed.
  3. The following federally recognized tribe is exempt from the area and take regulations for Samoa State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(8)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes: Wiyot Tribe.

South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area

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

40° 43.000' N. lat. 124° 15.527' W. long.;
40° 43.000' N. lat. 124° 15.000' W. long.;
40° 42.000' N. lat. 124° 15.000' W. long.; and
40° 42.000' N. lat. 124° 16.141' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The following federally recognized tribe is exempt from the area and take regulations for South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area (subsection 632(b)(9)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes: Wiyot Tribe.

Additional Regulations:

Waterfowl may be taken in accordance with the general waterfowl regulations (Sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Habitat restoration, maintenance dredging, and operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the state marine recreational management area is allowed pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Sugarloaf Island Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to Sugarloaf Island as follows.

(A) A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Sugarloaf Island, located in the vicinity of 40° 26.326' N. lat. 124° 24.827' W. long.

(B) Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(10)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored at any time from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Sugarloaf Island.

(C) No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(10)(B).

South Cape Mendocino State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: 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° 26.100' N. lat. 124° 24.353' W. long.;
40° 26.100' N. lat. 124° 31.958' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
40° 24.900' N. lat. 124° 31.084' W. long.; and
40° 24.900' N. lat. 124° 23.813' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Steamboat Rock Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to Steamboat Rock as follows.

(A) A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Steamboat Rock, located in the vicinity of 40° 24.919' N. lat. 124° 24.241' W. long. during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(B) Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(12)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Steamboat Rock during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(C) No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(12)(B) during the period of March 1 to August 31.

Mattole Canyon State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

40° 20.000' N. lat. 124° 22.500' W. long.;
40° 20.000' N. lat. 124° 25.902' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
40° 17.000' N. lat. 124° 25.869' W. long.;
40° 17.000' N. lat. 124° 22.500' W. long.; and
40° 20.000' N. lat. 124° 22.500' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Sea Lion Gulch State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: 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° 14.400' N. lat. 124° 19.983' W. long.;
40° 14.400' N. lat. 124° 25.943' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
40° 12.800' N. lat. 124° 24.809' W. long.; and
40° 12.800' N. lat. 124° 18.155' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Big Flat State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: 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.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of salmon by trolling; and Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear; and Dungeness crab by trap is allowed.
  3. The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Big Flat State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(15)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes:
    • 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
    • Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians

Mendocino County

Double Cone Rock State Marine Conservation Area

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

39° 48.500' N. lat. 123° 50.713' W. long.;
39° 48.500' N. lat. 123° 55.875' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
39° 44.300' N. lat. 123° 54.178' W. long.; and
39° 44.300' N. lat. 123° 50.055' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of salmon by trolling; and Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear; and Dungeness crab by trap is allowed.
  3. The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Double Cone Rock State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(16)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes:
    • 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
    • Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians

Rockport Rocks Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to Rockport Rocks as follows.

(A) A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Rockport Rocks, located in the vicinity of 39° 44.184' N. lat. 123° 50.020' W. long. during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(B) Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(17)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Rockport Rocks during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(C) No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(17)(B) during the period of March 1 to August 31.

Vizcaino Rock Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to Vizcaino Rock located in the vicinity of 39° 43.618' N. lat. 123° 49.950' W. long. as follows.

(A) A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide of any shoreline of Vizcaino Rock west of 123°49.887' W. longitude, during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(B) Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(18)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of Vizcaino Rock west of 123° 49.887' W. longitude during the period of March 1 to August 31.

(C) No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(18)(B) during the period of March 1 to August 31.

Ten Mile State Marine Reserve

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

39° 35.900' N. lat. 123° 47.243' W. long.;
39° 35.900' N. lat. 123° 51.479' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
39° 33.300' N. lat. 123° 50.559' W. long.; and
39° 33.300' N. lat. 123° 46.015' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area

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

39° 33.300' N. lat. 123° 46.015' W. long.;
39° 33.300' N. lat. 123° 50.559' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
39° 32.500' N. lat. 123° 50.418' W. long.;
39° 32.500' N. lat. 123° 46.227' W. long.; thence northward along the mean high tide line onshore boundary to
39° 33.098' N. lat. 123° 46.003' W. long.;
39° 33.199' N. lat. 123° 45.966' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of Dungeness crab by trap is allowed.
  3. The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(20)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes:
    • 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
    • Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians

Ten Mile Estuary State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Ten Mile Estuary, eastward of a line connecting the following two points:

39° 33.199' N. lat. 123° 45.966' W. long.; and
39° 33.098' N. lat. 123° 46.003' W. long.

And westward of a line connecting the following two points:

39° 32.400' N. lat. 123° 44.785' W. long.; and
39° 32.382' N. lat. 123° 44.769' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(20)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes:
    • 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
    • Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians
  2. Take pursuant to activities authorized in subsection 632(b)(21)(D) is allowed.

Additional Regulations:

Waterfowl may be taken in accordance with the general waterfowl regulations (Sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Operation and 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.

MacKerricher State Marine Conservation Area

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

39° 30.100' N. lat. 123° 47.390' W. long.;
39° 30.100' N. lat. 123° 49.000' W. long.;
39° 27.120' N. lat. 123° 49.000' W. long.; and
39° 27.120' N. lat. 123° 48.830' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Commercial take of bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is prohibited. All other commercial and recreational take is allowed in accordance with current regulations.

Point Cabrillo State Marine Reserve

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

39° 21.400' N. lat. 123° 49.418' W. long.;
39° 21.400' N. lat. 123° 50.000' W. long.;
39° 20.600' N. lat. 123° 50.000' W. long.; and
39° 20.600' N. lat. 123° 49.266' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Russian Gulch State Marine Conservation Area

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

39° 19.860' N. lat. 123° 48.840' W. long.;
39° 19.860' N. lat. 123° 49.000' W. long.;
39° 19.470' N. lat. 123° 49.000' W. long.; and
39° 19.470' N. lat. 123° 48.500' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Commercial take of bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is prohibited. All other commercial and recreational take is allowed in accordance with current regulations.

Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Big River Estuary, eastward of a line connecting the following two points:

39° 18.134' N. lat. 123° 47.517' W. long.; and
39° 18.079' N. lat. 123° 47.540' W. long.

And westward of a line connecting the following two points:

39° 18.222' N. lat. 123° 46.242' W. long.; and
39° 18.150' N. lat. 123° 46.240' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of surfperch (family Embiotocidae) by hook and line from shore only; and Dungeness crab by hoop net or hand is allowed.
  2. The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(25)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes:
    • 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
    • Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians
  3. Take pursuant to activities authorized in subsection 632(b)(25)(D) is allowed.

Additional Regulations:

Waterfowl may be taken in accordance with the general waterfowl regulations (Sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Operation and 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.

Van Damme State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and a straight line connecting the following points:

39° 16.335' N. lat. 123° 47.712' W. long.; and
39° 16.147' N. lat. 123° 47.429' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Commercial take of bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is prohibited. All other commercial and recreational take is allowed in accordance with current regulations.

Navarro River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Navarro River Estuary, eastward of a line connecting the following two points:

39° 11.575' N. lat. 123° 45.653' W. long.; and
39° 11.415' N. lat. 123° 45.487' W. long.

And westward of a line connecting the following two points

39° 11.849' N. lat. 123° 44.808' W. long.; and
39° 11.807' N. lat. 123° 44.842' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of salmonids by hook and line is allowed consistent with salmonid regulations in Section 7.50.
  2. The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Navarro River State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(27)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes:
    • 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
    • Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians

Additional Regulations: Waterfowl may be taken in accordance with the general waterfowl regulations (Sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Point Arena State Marine Reserve

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

38° 57.35' N. lat. 123° 44.50' W. long.;
38° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 44.50' W. long.;
38° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 46.00' W. long.;
38° 56.40' N. lat. 123° 46.00' W. long.; and
38° 56.40' N. lat. 123° 43.82' W. long

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Point Arena State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

38° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 46.00' W. long.;
38° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 48.16' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 56.40' N. lat. 123° 48.35' W. long.;
38° 56.40' N. lat. 123° 46.00' W. long.; and
38° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 46.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT the recreational take of salmon by trolling and the commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear.

Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area

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

38° 56.40' N. lat. 123° 43.82' W. long.;
38° 56.40' N. lat. 123° 44.00' W. long.;
38° 55.79' N. lat. 123° 44.00' W. long.; and
38° 55.79' N. lat. 123° 43.74' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational and commercial take of finfish.

Saunders Reef State Marine Conservation Area

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

38° 51.80' N. lat. 123° 39.23' W. long.;
38° 51.80' N. lat. 123° 44.78' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 50.00' N. lat. 123° 42.58' W. long.; and
38° 50.00' N. lat. 123° 37.60' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT:

  1. The recreational take of salmon by trolling
  2. The commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear, and urchin

Sonoma County

Del Mar Landing State Marine Reserve

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

38° 44.70' N. lat. 123° 31.00' W. long.;
38° 44.20' N. lat. 123° 31.00' W. long.;
38° 44.20' N. lat. 123° 30.30' W. long.; and
38° 44.43' N. lat. 123° 30.30' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Stewarts Point State Marine Conservation Area

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

38° 40.500' N. lat. 123° 25.370' W. long.;
38° 40.500' N. lat. 123° 25.500' W. long.;
38° 37.500' N. lat. 123° 23.500' W. long.; and
38° 37.535' N. lat. 123° 23.027' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the following may be taken recreationally from shore only: marine aquatic plants other than sea palm, marine invertebrates, finfish by hook and line, surf smelt by beach net, and species authorized in Section 28.80 of these regulations by handheld dip net.

Stewarts Point State Marine Reserve

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

38° 40.50' N. lat. 123° 25.37' W. long.;
38° 40.50' N. lat. 123° 30.24' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 35.60' N. lat. 123° 26.01' W. long.; and
38° 35.60' N. lat. 123° 20.80' W. long. except that Stewarts Point State Marine Conservation Area as described in subsection 632(b)(33)(A) is excluded.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Salt Point State Marine Conservation Area

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

38° 35.60' N. lat. 123° 20.80' W. long.;
38° 35.60' N. lat. 123° 21.00' W. long.;
38° 33.50' N. lat. 123° 21.00' W. long.; and
38° 33.50' N. lat. 123° 18.91' W. long., except that Gerstle Cove as described in subsection 632(b)(36)(A) is excluded.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT: the recreational take of abalone and finfish.

Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area lies within the Salt Point State Marine Conservation Area and is bounded by the mean high tide line and a straight line connecting the following points:

38° 33.95' N. lat. 123° 19.92' W. long.; and
38° 33.95' N. lat. 123° 19.76' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Russian River State Marine Recreational Management Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line eastward of the mouth of the Russian River Estuary defined as a line connecting the following two points:

38° 27.16' N. lat. 123° 07.91' W. long.; and
38° 27.01' N. lat. 123° 07.74' W. long.
and westward of the Highway 1 Bridge.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except recreational hunting of waterfowl is allowed unless otherwise restricted by hunting regulations (sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Russian River State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line, the mouth of the Russian River estuary as defined in subsection 632(b)(37)(A), and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

38° 27.38' N. lat. 123° 08.58' W. long.;
38° 26.38' N. lat. 123° 08.58' W. long.; and
38° 26.38' N. lat. 123° 07.70' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT:

  1. The recreational take of Dungeness crab by trap, and surf smelt by hand-held dip nets or beach nets.
  2. The commercial take of Dungeness crab by trap.

Bodega Head State Marine Reserve

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

38° 20.10' N. lat. 123° 04.04' W. long.;
38° 20.10' N. lat. 123° 08.38' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 08.08' W. long.; and
38° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 03.64' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 10661 and the director of the Bodega Marine Life Refuge may authorize certain activities in the formerly designated Bodega Marine Life Refuge (Section 10903, Fish and Game Code) pursuant to subsections (b) and (c) of Section 10502.7 and Section 10656 of the Fish and Game Code.

Additional Regulations:

No anchoring or mooring except as permitted by federal law, or in hazardous weather. CDFW and the Bodega Marine Life Refuge director may permit take for scientific or educational purposes, access, anchoring, and/or mooring.

Bodega Head State Marine Conservation Area

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

38° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 03.64' W. long.;
38° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 08.08' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 13.34' N. lat. 123° 03.51' W. long.; and
38° 17.93' N. lat. 123° 03.51' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT:

  1. The recreational take of pelagic finfish by trolling, Dungeness crab by trap, and market squid by hand-held dip net, is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of pelagic finfish by troll fishing gear or round haul net, Dungeness crab by trap, and market squid by round haul net, is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial pelagic finfish or market squid catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.

Estero Americano State Marine Recreational Managed Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Estero Americano westward of longitude 122° 59.25' W.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT: the recreational hunting of waterfowl is allowed unless otherwise restricted by hunting regulations (sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Napa County

Fagan Marsh State Marine Park

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Fagan Marsh Ecological Reserve. See map for specific location.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than marine aquatic plants. Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched or operated within the park.

Marin County

Estero de San Antonio State Marine Recreational Managed Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Estero de San Antonio westward of longitude 122° 57.40' W.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT: the recreational hunting of waterfowl is allowed unless otherwise restricted by hunting regulations (sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Point Reyes State Marine Reserve

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

37° 59.90' N. lat. 123° 01.29' W. long.;
37° 59.90' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.;
37° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.;
37° 59.00' N. lat. 122° 57.34' W. long.; and
38° 01.75' N. lat. 122° 55.00' W. long.; thence westward along the mean high tide line onshore boundary to
38° 01.783' N. lat. 122° 55.286' W. long.; and
38° 01.954' N. lat. 122° 56.451' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Point Reyes State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

37° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.;
37° 56.71' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 56.36' N. lat. 122° 57.34' W. long.;
37° 59.00' N. lat. 122° 57.34' W. long.; and
37° 59.00' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited, EXCEPT:

  1. The recreational take of salmon by trolling, and Dungeness crab by trap.
  2. The commercial take of salmon with trolling gear, and Dungeness crab by trap.

Point Reyes Headlands Special Closure

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Boundary: A special closure is designated on the south side of the Point Reyes Headlands from the mean high tide line to a distance of 1000 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline between lines extending due south from each of the following two points:

37° 59.65' N. lat. 123° 01.00' W. long; and
37° 59.39' N. lat. 122° 57.80' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter this area at any time.

Estero de Limantour State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within Estero de Limantour and within Drakes Estero, southward of a line connecting the following two points:

38° 02.66' N. lat. 122° 56.89' W. long.; and
38° 02.66' N. lat. 122° 56.15' W. long.
And northward of a line connecting the following two points:
38° 01.783' N. lat. 122° 55.286' W. long.; and
38° 01.954' N. lat. 122° 56.451' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Drake's Estero State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Drakes Estero northward of a line connecting the following two points:

38° 02.66' N. lat. 122° 56.89' W. long.; and
38° 02.66' N. lat. 122° 56.15' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT:

  1. The recreational take of clams.
  2. The commercial aquaculture of shellfish pursuant to a valid State Water Bottom Lease and permit.

Point Resistance Rock Special Closure

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Boundary: A special closure is designated from the mean lower low tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of any shoreline of Point Resistance Rock, located in the vicinity of 37° 59.92' N. lat. 122° 49.75' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter this area at any time.

Double Point/Stormy Stack Special Closure

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Boundary: A special closure is designated from the mean lower low tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of any shoreline of Stormy Stack Rock, located in the vicinity of 37° 56.83' N. lat. 122° 47.14' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter this area at any time.

Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line, a distance of 1000 feet seaward of mean lower low water, and the following points:

37° 55.52' N. lat. 122° 44.17' W. long.;
37° 55.42' N. lat. 122° 44.31' W. long.;
37° 53.65' N. lat. 122° 41.91' W. long.; and
37° 53.77' N. lat. 122° 42.02' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT: the recreational take of finfish from shore only, and the recreational take of abalone.

Corte Madera Marsh State Marine Park

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve. See map for specific location.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than marine aquatic plants from shore only. Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched or operated within the park. Swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the park.

Marin Islands State Marine Park

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Marin Islands Ecological Reserve. See map for specific location.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than marine aquatic plants from shore only. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the park.

San Francisco County

North Farallon Islands State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

37° 45.70' N. lat. 122° 59.08' W. long.; thence northwestward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 49.34' N. lat. 123° 7.00' W. long.;
37° 45.70' N. lat. 123° 7.00' W. long.; and
37° 45.70' N. lat. 122° 59.08' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

North Farallon Islands Special Closure

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Boundary: Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(52)(C), no vessel shall be operated or anchored at any time from the mean high tide line to a distance of 1000 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of North Farallon Island, or to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of the remaining three southern islets, including the Island of St. James, in the vicinity of 37° 46' N. lat. 123° 06' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special regulations on boating and access apply to the North Farallon Islands as follows:

  1. No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(52)(B).
  2. All vessels shall observe a five (5) nautical mile per hour speed limit within 1,000 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of the islets defined in subsection 632(b)(52)(B).
  3. In an area bounded by the mean high tide line and a distance of one nautical mile seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any of the four islets comprising the North Farallon Islands, the following restrictions apply:
    1. All commercial diving vessels operating in the defined area shall have their vessel engine exhaust system terminate either through a muffler for dry exhaust systems, or below the vessel waterline for wet exhaust systems.
    2. All commercial diving vessels equipped with an open, deck-mounted air compressor system, while operating in the defined area, shall have their air compressor's engine exhaust system terminate below the vessel waterline.

Southeast Farallon Island State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

37° 42.60' N. lat. 122° 59.50' W. long.;
37° 42.60' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.;
37° 40.50' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.;
37° 40.50' N. lat. 122° 59.50' W. long.; and
37° 42.60' N. lat. 122° 59.50' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Southeast Farallon Island Special Closure

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Boundary: Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as authorized by subsection 632(b)(55)(D), no vessel shall be operated or anchored at any time from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of the Southeast Farallon Island year-round EXCEPT:

The area north of Fisherman's Bay, from a line extending due west from 37° 42.26' N. lat. 123° 00.16' W. long., following clockwise around the island (including Fisherman's Bay), to a line extending due east from 37° 42.05' N. lat. 123° 00.07' W. long.

At East Landing, from a line extending due east from 37° 41.83' N. lat. 122° 59.98' W. long., following clockwise around the island, to a straight line connecting the following two points:

37° 41.72' N. lat. 123° 00.05' W. long.; and
37° 41.68' N. lat. 123° 00.07' W. long.

This closure as defined in subsection 632(b)(55)(B) exists year round, except for the following areas, which are closed only from December 1 through September 14 of each year:

From Fisherman's Bay to East Landing, from a line extending due east from 37° 42.05' N. lat. 123° 00.07' W. long., following clockwise around the island to a line extending due east from 37° 41.83' N. lat. 122° 59.98' W. long.

The area southwest of East Landing, from a straight line connecting the following two points:

37° 41.72' N. lat. 123° 00.05' W. long.; and
37° 41.68' N. lat. 123° 00.07' W. long.

Following clockwise around the main island to a straight line extending due south from 37° 41.76' N. lat. 123° 00.16' W. long. to 37° 41.64' N. lat. 123° 00.16' W. long., and on the southeast side of Saddle (Seal) Rock, from a straight line extending due south from 37° 41.76' N. lat. 123° 00.16' W. long., following clockwise around Saddle (Seal) Rock, to a line extending due west from 37° 41.60' N. lat. 123° 00.26' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special regulations on boating and access apply to the Southeast Farallon Island as follows:

  1. No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter the area defined in subsection 632(b)(55)(B).
  2. All vessels shall observe a five (5) nautical mile per hour speed limit 1,000 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of the Southeast Farallon Island.
  3. In an area bounded by the mean high tide line and a distance of one nautical mile seaward of the mean lower low tide line line of any of the islands and islets comprising the Southeast Farallon Island, the following restrictions apply:
    1. All commercial diving vessels operating in the defined area shall terminate their vessel engine exhaust system either through a muffler for dry exhaust systems, or below the vessel waterline for wet exhaust systems.
    2. All commercial diving vessels equipped with an open, deck-mounted air compressor system, while operating in the defined area, shall have the air compressor's engine exhaust system terminate below the vessel waterline.

Southeast Farallon Island State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

37° 42.60' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.;
37° 42.60' N. lat. 123° 05.46' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 38.66' N. lat. 122° 59.50' W. long;
37° 40.50' N. lat. 122° 59.50' W. long;
37° 40.50' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.; and
37° 42.60' N. lat. 123° 02.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT: the recreational take of salmon by trolling and the commercial take of salmon with troll fishing gear

Solano County

Peytonia Slough State Marine Park

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Peytonia Slough Ecological Reserve. See map for specific location.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than marine aquatic plants. Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched or operated within the park.

Alameda County

Albany Mudflats State Marine Park

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Albany Mudflats Ecological Reserve. See map for specific location.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than marine aquatic plants from shore only. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the park.

Robert W. Crown State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and a distance of 150 feet offshore between the following points:

37° 45.97' N. lat. 122° 16.84' W. long.; and
37° 45.95' N. lat. 122° 16.52' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. Finfish may be taken recreationally by hook and line only.
  2. Finfish and kelp may be taken commercially.

San Mateo County

Egg (Devil's Slide) Rock to Devil's Slide Special Closure

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Boundary: A special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline of any of the three rocks comprising Egg (Devil's Slide) Rock, located in the vicinity of

37° 34.64' N. lat. 122° 31.29' W. long.;
37° 34.66' N. lat. 122° 31.32' W. long; and
37° 34.63' N. lat. 122° 31.29' W. long.;

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

37° 34.74' N. lat. 122° 31.08' W. long.;
37° 34.72' N. lat. 122° 31.31' W. long.;
37° 34.60' N. lat. 122° 31.33' W. long.; and
37° 34.52' N. lat. 122° 31.21' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special regulations on boating and access apply as follows:

  1. Transit in between the rock and the mainland between these points is prohibited at any time.
  2. No person except department employees or employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States Coast Guard, in performing their official duties, or unless permission is granted by the department, shall enter this area.

Montara State Marine Reserve

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

37° 32.70' N. lat. 122° 31.00' W. long.;
37° 32.70' N. lat. 122° 34.91' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 30.00' N. lat. 122° 34.61' W. long.; and
37° 30.00' N. lat. 122° 29.93' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Pillar Point State Marine Conservation Area

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

37° 30.00' N. lat. 122° 29.93' W. long.;
37° 30.00' N. lat. 122° 34.61' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 28.33' N. lat. 122° 33.47' W. long.;
37° 28.33' N. lat. 122° 30.83' W. long.;
37° 29.18' N. lat. 122° 30.36' W. long.; and
37° 29.74' N. lat. 122° 29.97' W, long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited EXCEPT:

  1. The recreational take of pelagic finfish by trolling, Dungeness crab by trap, and market squid by hand-held dip net is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of pelagic finfish by troll or round haul net, Dungeness crab by trap, and market squid by round haul net is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial pelagic finfish or market squid catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.

Redwood Shores State Marine Park

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Redwood Shores Ecological Reserve. See map for specific location.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than marine aquatic plants. Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched or operated within the park.

Bair Island State Marine Park

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Boundary: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Bair Island Ecological Reserve. See map for specific location.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than kelp from shore only.

Additional Regulations:

Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the park.

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 park during the period February 15 through May 20.

Waterfowl may be taken in accordance with the general waterfowl regulations (Sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Año Nuevo State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and a distance of 200 feet seaward of mean lower low water between the following two points:

37° 10.00' N. lat. 122° 21.80' W. long.; and
37° 08.70' N. lat. 122° 21.00' W. long.

The area then continues southward bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

37° 08.70' N. lat. 122° 21.00' W. long.;
37° 04.70' N. lat. 122° 21.00' W. long.; and
37° 04.70' N. lat. 122° 16.20' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest only.

Santa Cruz County

Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line, the three nautical mile offshore boundary and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

37° 04.70' N. lat. 122° 16.20' W. long.;
37° 04.70' N. lat. 122° 21.00' W. long.;
37° 03.55' N. lat. 122° 21.00' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 02.57' N. lat. 122° 19.10' W. long.; and
37° 02.57' N. lat. 122° 14.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  • Only the following species may be taken recreationally: giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest only, market squid, salmon, and, by hook-and-line from shore only, other finfish.
  • Only the following species may be taken commercially: giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest only, salmon, and market squid. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial market squid catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.

Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and a distance of 200 feet seaward of mean lower low water between the following two points:

36° 57.90' N. lat. 122° 07.65' W. long.; and
36° 57.00' N. lat. 122° 03.50' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Monterey County

Elkhorn Slough State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below mean high tide within Elkhorn Slough lying east of longitude 121° 46.40' W. and south of latitude 36° 50.50' N.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Elkhorn Slough State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below mean high tide within Elkhorn Slough east of the Highway 1 Bridge and west of longitude 121° 46.40' W.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  • Only the following species may be taken recreationally: finfish by hook-and-line only and clams. Clams may only be taken on the north shore of the slough in the area adjacent to the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area [subsection 550(a)].

Moro Cojo Slough State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area includes the waters within Moro Cojo Slough below mean high tide and east of the Highway 1 Bridge and west of the crossing of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

36° 51.00' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.;
36° 51.00' N. lat. 122° 03.80' W. long.;
36° 48.00' N. lat. 122° 02.88' W. long.;
36° 48.00' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.; and
36° 51.00' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial and recreational take of pelagic finfish is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial pelagic finfish catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.

Portuguese Ledge State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

36° 43.00' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.;
36° 43.00' N. lat. 122° 01.30' W. long.;
36° 41.00' N. lat. 122° 00.80' W. long.;
36° 41.00' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.; and
36° 43.00' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial and recreational take of pelagic finfish is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial pelagic finfish catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.

Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area

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

36° 36.50' N. lat. 121° 53.37' W. long.;
36° 37.25' N. lat. 121° 53.78' W. long.; and
36° 37.10' N. lat. 121° 54.09' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  • The recreational take of finfish by hook-and-line is allowed.
  • The commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and bull kelp (Nereocystis spp.) is allowed by hand in the area defined by subsection 165(c)(4)(D) under the following conditions:
    • Any individual kelp harvester with a valid permit issued pursuant to Section 165 may take no more than 12 tons of kelp from the portion of Administrative Kelp Bed 220 within the Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area in any calendar month.
    • Duplicate landing records must be kept on board the harvest vessel in accordance with the requirements of Section 165.

Lovers Point-Julia Platt State Marine Reserve

Formerly known as Lovers Point State Marine Reserve

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

36° 37.10' N. lat. 121° 54.09' W. long.;
36° 37.25' N. lat. 121° 53.78' W. long.;
36° 37.38' N. lat. 121° 53.85' W. long.;
36° 37.60' N. lat. 121° 54.75' W. long.; and
36° 37.60' N. lat. 121° 54.91' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area

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

36° 37.60' N. lat. 121° 54.91' W. long.;
36° 37.60' N. lat. 121° 54.75' W. long.;
36° 38.70' N. lat. 121° 55.40' W. long.;
36° 38.90' N. lat. 121° 56.60' W. long.; and
36° 38.22' N. lat. 121° 56.15' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  • The recreational take of finfish is allowed.
  • The commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and bull kelp (Nereocystis spp.) by hand is allowed under the following conditions:
    • Any individual kelp harvester with a valid permit issued pursuant to Section 165 may take no more than 44 tons of kelp from the portion of Administrative Kelp Bed 220 within the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area in any calendar month.
    • Duplicate landing records must be kept on board the harvest vessel in accordance with the requirements of Section 165.

Asilomar State Marine Reserve

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

36° 38.22' N. lat. 121° 56.15' W. long.;
36° 38.90' N. lat. 121° 56.60' W. long.; and
36° 36.60' N. lat. 121° 57.50' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Carmel Pinnacles State Marine Reserve

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

36° 33.65' N. lat. 121° 57.60' W. long.;
36° 33.65' N. lat. 121° 58.50' W. long.;
36° 33.10' N. lat. 121° 58.50' W. long.;
36° 33.10' N. lat. 121° 57.60' W. long.; and
36° 33.65' N. lat. 121° 57.60' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Carmel Bay State Marine Conservation Area

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

36° 33.65' N. lat. 121° 57.10' W. long.;
36° 31.70' N. lat. 121° 56.30' W. long.; and
36° 31.70' N. lat. 121° 55.55' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  • The recreational take of finfish is allowed.
  • The commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and bull kelp (Nereocystis spp.) by hand is allowed under the following conditions:
    • Any individual kelp harvester with a valid permit issued pursuant to Section 165 may take no more than 44 tons of kelp from the portion of Administrative Kelp Bed 219 within the Carmel Bay State Marine Conservation Area in any calendar month.
    • Duplicate landing records must be kept on board the harvest vessel in accordance with the requirements of Section 165.

Point Lobos State Marine Reserve

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

36° 31.70' N. lat. 121° 55.55' W. long.;
36° 31.70' N. lat. 121° 58.25' W. long.;
36° 28.88' N. lat. 121° 58.25' W. long.; and
36° 28.88' N. lat. 121° 56.30' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Additional Regulations: Within the portion of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve which also falls within the boundary of the Point Lobos State Reserve (State Park Unit), restrictions on boating and diving activities exist. Contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation for current restrictions.

Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

36° 31.70' N. lat. 121° 58.25' W. long.;
36° 31.70' N. lat. 122° 01.30' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
36° 28.88' N. lat. 122° 00.55' W. long.;
36° 28.88' N. lat. 121° 58.25' W. long.; and
36° 31.70' N. lat. 121° 58.25' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational and commercial take of salmon, albacore, and the commercial take of spot prawn.

Point Sur State Marine Reserve

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

36° 18.40' N. lat. 121° 54.10' W. long.;
36° 18.40' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.;
36° 15.00' N. lat. 121° 52.50' W. long.; and
36° 15.00' N. lat. 121° 50.25' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Point Sur State Marine Conservation Area

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

36° 18.40' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.;
36° 18.40' N. lat. 121° 58.33' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
36° 15.00' N. lat. 121° 55.10' W. long.;
36° 15.00' N. lat. 121° 52.50' W. long.; and
36° 18.40' N. lat. 121° 56.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial and recreational take of salmon and albacore.

Big Creek State Marine Reserve

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

36° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 38.00' W. long.;
36° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 39.00' W. long.;
36° 05.20' N. lat. 121° 38.00' W. long.;
36° 05.20' N. lat. 121° 41.25' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
36° 02.65' N. lat. 121° 39.70' W. long.; and
36° 02.65' N. lat. 121° 35.13' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Anchoring: Except as pursuant to Federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, it is unlawful to anchor or moor a vessel in waters shallower than 10 fathoms in the Big Creek State Marine Reserve.

Big Creek State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: 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° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 39.00' W. long.;
36° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 42.90' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
36° 05.20' N. lat. 121° 41.25' W. long.;
36° 05.20' N. lat. 121° 38.00' W. long.; and
36° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 39.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial and recreational take of salmon, albacore, and the commercial take of spot prawn.

San Luis Obispo County

Piedras Blancas State Marine Reserve

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

35° 42.85' N. lat. 121° 18.95' W. long.;
35° 42.85' N. lat. 121° 21.00' W. long.;
35° 39.15' N. lat. 121° 18.50' W. long.; and
35° 39.15' N. lat. 121° 14.45' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Piedras Blancas State Marine Conservation Area

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

35° 42.85' N. lat. 121° 21.00' W. long.;
35° 42.85' N. lat. 121° 22.85' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
35° 39.15' N. lat. 121° 20.90' W. long.;
35° 39.15' N. lat. 121° 18.50' W. long.; and
35° 42.85' N. lat. 121° 21.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial and recreational take of salmon and albacore.

Cambria State Marine Conservation Area and State Marine Park*

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* Cambria State Marine Conservation Area was also designated Cambria State Marine Park by the California State Park and Recreation Commission in August, 2010. The two areas share the same boundaries; no additional take regulations have been adopted at this time. Contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation for more information about the State Marine Park.

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

35° 37.10' N. lat. 121° 09.20' W. long.;
35° 37.10' N. lat. 121° 10.70' W. long.;
35° 32.85' N. lat. 121° 06.70' W. long.; and
35° 32.85' N. lat. 121° 05.85' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: The commercial take of all living marine resources is prohibited. Recreational take is allowed.

White Rock (Cambria) State Marine Conservation Area

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

35° 32.85' N. lat. 121° 05.85' W. long.;
35° 32.85' N. lat. 121° 06.70' W. long.;
35° 30.50' N. lat. 121° 05.00' W. long.; and
35° 30.50' N. lat. 121° 03.40' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and bull kelp (Nereocystis spp.) under the following conditions:

  • Any individual kelp harvester with a valid permit issued pursuant to Section 165 and holding a valid lease to Administrative Kelp Bed 208 may take no more than 125 tons of kelp from the portion of Administrative Kelp Bed 208 within the White Rock (Cambria) State Marine Conservation Area in any calendar month.
  • Duplicate landing records must be kept on board the harvest vessel in accordance with the requirements of Section 165.

Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area

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Boundary: This area includes the area below mean high tide within Morro Bay east of the Morro Bay entrance breakwater and west of longitude 120° 50.34' W.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Recreational hunting of waterfowl is allowed unless otherwise restricted by hunting regulations (sections 502, 550, 551, and 552). Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the following activities are allowed north of latitude 35° 19.70' N:

  • The recreational take of finfish
  • Aquaculture of oysters, pursuant to a valid State water bottom lease and permit
  • Storing finfish taken outside the Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area in a receiver for bait purposes.
  • Dredging for the purpose of harbor and channel operations and pursuant to required and valid permits and approvals.
  • Harbor operations and maintenance and cleaning of vessel hulls and other man-made structures, including removal of living marine resources for these purposes.

Morro Bay State Marine Reserve

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Boundary: This area includes the area below mean high tide line within Morro Bay east of longitude 120° 50.34' W.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Point Buchon State Marine Reserve

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

35° 15.25' N. lat. 120° 54.00' W. long.;
35° 15.25' N. lat. 120° 56.00' W. long.;
35° 11.00' N. lat. 120° 52.40' W. long.; and
35° 13.30' N. lat. 120° 52.40' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Point Buchon State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

35° 15.25' N. lat. 120° 56.00' W. long.;
35° 15.25' N. lat. 120° 57.80' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
35° 11.00' N. lat. 120° 55.20' W. long.;
35° 11.00' N. lat. 120° 52.40' W. long.; and
35° 15.25' N. lat. 120° 56.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the commercial and recreational take of salmon and albacore.

Santa Barbara County

Vandenberg State Marine Reserve

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

34° 44.65' N. lat. 120° 37.75' W. long.;
34° 44.65' N. lat. 120° 40.00' W. long.;
34° 33.25' N. lat. 120° 40.00' W. long.; and
34° 33.25' N. lat. 120° 37.25' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except take incidental to base operations and commercial space launch operations identified by the Vandenberg Air Force Base Commander as mission critical.

Public Entry: Public entry into the Vandenberg State Marine Reserve may be restricted at the discretion of the department to protect wildlife, aquatic life, or habitat or by the Commander of Vandenberg Air Force Base to protect and provide safety for base operations.

Memorandum of Understanding: The Department shall enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Commander of Vandenberg Air Force Base for the mutually beneficial management and administration of the Vandenberg State Marine Reserve. The MOU shall include, but not be limited to, the identification of Vandenberg Air Force Base's national defense mission activities that are unrestricted by the subject regulations and details on management and administrative roles and responsibilities.

Point Conception State Marine Reserve

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

34° 27.00' N. lat. 120° 28.28' W. long.;
34° 27.00' N. lat. 120° 32.15' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
34° 23.96' N. lat. 120° 25.00' W. long.; and
34° 27.19' N. lat. 120° 25.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area

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

34° 28.13' N. lat. 120° 14.46' W. long.;
34° 27.30' N. lat. 120° 14.46' W. long.;
34° 27.30' N. lat. 120° 12.47' W. long.; and
34° 28.23' N. lat. 120° 12.47' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. Only the following species may be taken recreationally: finfish, invertebrates except rock scallops and mussels, and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest.
  2. Take pursuant to maintenance of artificial structures and operation and maintenance of existing facilities is allowed inside the conservation area pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Naples State Marine Conservation Area

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

34° 26.51' N. lat. 119° 58.00' W. long.;
34° 25.00' N. lat. 119° 58.00' W. long.;
34° 25.00' N. lat. 119° 56.00' W. long.; and
34° 26.13' N. lat. 119° 56.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take by spearfishing of white seabass and pelagic finfish is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest or by mechanical harvest is allowed.
  3. Take pursuant to operation and 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.

Campus Point State Marine Conservation Area

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

34° 25.20' N. lat. 119° 53.60' W. long.;
34° 21.48' N. lat. 119° 53.60' W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
34° 21.21' N. lat. 119° 50.65' W. long.; and
34° 24.30' N. lat. 119° 50.65' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited, except for take pursuant to operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Goleta Slough State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Goleta Slough northward of latitude 34° 25.02' N.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to routine maintenance, dredging, habitat restoration, research and education, maintenance of artificial structures, and operation and maintenance of existing facilities in the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

In waters below the mean high tide line inside the Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve as defined within Section 630, the following restrictions apply:

  1. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited.
  2. No person shall enter this area and remain therein except on established trails, paths or other designated areas except department employees or designated employees of Santa Barbara Airport, City of Santa Barbara, Goleta Sanitary District and Goleta Valley Vector Control District for the purposes of carrying out official duties.

Richardson Rock State Marine Reserve (San Miguel Island)

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This area includes Richardson Rock State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Richardson Rock Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

34° 02.211' N. lat. 120° 28.200' W. long.;
34° 02.211' N. lat. 120° 36.290' W. long.;
34° 10.400' N. lat. 120° 36.290' W. long.;
34° 10.400' N. lat. 120° 28.200' W. long., and
34° 02.211' N. lat. 120° 28.200' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to activities authorized under California Code of Regulations, Title 14, subsection 632(b).

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

San Miguel Island Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Special restrictions on boating and access apply to San Miguel Island as follows.

(A) Boating is allowed at San Miguel Island except west of a line drawn between Judith Rock (34° 01.50' N. lat. 120° 25.30' W. long.) and Castle Rock (34° 03.30' N. lat. 120° 26.30' W. long.) where boats are prohibited closer than 300 yards from shore.

  1. Notwithstanding the 300-yard boating closure between Judith Rock and Castle Rock, the following shall apply:
    1. Boats may approach San Miguel Island no nearer than 100 yards from shore during the period(s) from March 15 through April 30, and October 1 through December 15.
    2. Boats operated by commercial sea urchin divers may enter waters of the 300-yard area between the western boundary of the Judith Rock State Marine Reserve at 120° 26.60' W. long. and Castle Rock for the purpose of fishing sea urchins during the period(s) from March 15 through April 30, and October 1 through December 15.
  2. The department may rescind permission for boats to enter waters within 300 yards between Judith Rock and Castle Rock upon finding that impairment to the island marine mammal resource is imminent. Immediately following such closure, the department will request the commission to hear, at its regularly scheduled meeting, presentation of documentation supporting the need for such closure.

(B) Other Requirements:

  1. Boats traveling within 300 yards of the shoreline or anchorages shall operate with a minimum amount of noise and shall not exceed speeds of five miles per hour.
  2. Except as permitted by federal law or emergency caused by hazardous weather, boats may be anchored overnight only at Tyler Bight and Cuyler Harbor.
  3. Landing is allowed on San Miguel Island only at the designated landing beach in Cuyler Harbor.
  4. No person shall have access to all other offshore rocks and islands at San Miguel Island.

Harris Point State Marine Reserve (San Miguel Island)

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This area includes Harris Point State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Harris Point Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

34° 03.160' N. lat. 120° 23.300' W. long.;
34° 12.295' N. lat. 120° 23.300' W. long.;
34° 12.295' N. lat. 120° 18.400' W. long., and
34° 01.755' N. lat. 120° 18.400' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

An exemption to the reserve, where commercial and recreational take of living marine resources is allowed, exists between the mean high tide line in Cuyler Harbor and a straight line between the
following points:

34° 03.554' N. lat. 120° 21.311' W. long.; and
34° 02.908' N. lat. 120° 20.161' W. long.

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Judith Rock State Marine Reserve (San Miguel Island)

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

34° 01.802'N. lat. 120° 26.600'W. long.;
33° 58.508'N. lat. 120° 26.600'W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 58.510'N. lat. 120° 25.300'W. long.; and
34° 01.618'N. lat. 120° 25.300'W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Carrington Point State Marine Reserve (Santa Rosa Island)

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

34° 01.296'N. lat. 120° 05.200'W. long.
34° 04.000'N. lat. 120° 05.200'W. long.;
34° 04.000'N. lat. 120° 01.000'W. long.;
34° 00.500'N. lat. 120° 01.000'W. long.; and
34° 00.500'N. lat. 120° 02.930'W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Skunk Point State Marine Reserve (Santa Rosa Island)

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

33° 59.000'N. lat. 119° 58.808'W. long.;
33° 59.000'N. lat. 119° 58.000'W. long.;
33° 57.100'N. lat. 119° 58.000'W. long.; and
33° 57.100'N. lat. 119° 58.257'W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

South Point State Marine Reserve (Santa Rosa Island)

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This area includes South Point State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal South Point Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

33° 55.014' N. lat. 120° 10.000' W. long.;
33° 50.400' N. lat. 120° 10.000' W. long.;
33° 50.400' N. lat. 120° 06.500' W. long.;
33° 53.800' N. lat. 120° 06.500' W. long.; and
33° 53.800' N. lat. 120° 06.544' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Painted Cave State Marine Conservation Area (Santa Cruz Island)

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

34° 04.492'N. lat. 119° 53.000'W. long.;
34° 05.200'N. lat. 119° 53.000'W. long.; thence eastward along a line one nautical mile offshore to
34° 05.000'N. lat. 119° 51.000'W. long.; and
34° 04.034'N. lat. 119° 51.000'W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for the recreational take of spiny lobster and pelagic finfish.

Gull Island State Marine Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

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This area includes Gull Island State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Gull Island Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

33° 58.065' N. lat. 119° 50.967' W. long.;
33° 58.000' N. lat. 119° 51.000' W. long.;
33° 58.000' N. lat. 119° 53.000' W. long.;
33° 51.717' N. lat. 119° 53.000' W. long.;
33° 51.717' N. lat. 119° 48.000' W. long.; and
33° 57.756' N. lat. 119° 48.000' W. long

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Scorpion State Marine Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

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This area includes Scorpion State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Scorpion Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

34° 02.958' N. lat. 119° 35.500' W. long.;
34° 09.270' N. lat. 119° 35.500' W. long.;
34° 09.270' N. lat. 119° 32.800' W. long.; and
34° 02.700' N. lat. 119° 32.800' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Santa Barbara Island State Marine Reserve

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This area includes Santa Barbara Island State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Santa Barbara Island Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

33° 28.500' N. lat. 119° 01.847' W. long.;
33° 28.500' N. lat. 118° 54.527' W. long.;
33° 21.792' N. lat. 118° 54.527' W. long.;
33° 21.792' N. lat. 119° 02.200' W. long.; and
33° 27.973' N. lat. 119° 02.200' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Ventura County

Anacapa Island Special Closure

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Boundary; Permitted/Prohibited Uses: No net or trap may be used in waters less than 20 feet deep off the Anacapa Islands commonly referred to as Anacapa Island.

A brown pelican fledgling area is designated from the mean high tide mark seaward to a water depth of 20 fathoms (120 feet) on the north side of West Anacapa Island between a line extending 000° True off Portuguese Rock (34° 00.91' N. lat. 119° 25.26' W. long.) to a line extending 000° True off the western edge of Frenchy's Cove (34° 00.417' N. lat. 119° 24.600' W. long.), a distance of approximately 4,000 feet. No person except department employees or employees of the National Park Service in the performance of their official duties shall enter this area during the period January 1 to October 31.

Anacapa Island State Marine Conservation Area

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This area includes Anacapa Island State Marine Conservation Area and the adjoining federal Anacapa Island Marine Conservation Area*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

34° 00.828' N. lat. 119° 26.623' W. long.;
34° 00.800' N. lat. 119° 26.700' W. long.;
34° 04.998' N. lat. 119° 26.700' W. long.;
34° 04.998' N. lat. 119° 24.600' W. long.; and
34° 00.417' N. lat. 119° 24.600' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for the recreational take of spiny lobster and pelagic finfish and the commercial take of spiny lobster.

* The state conservation area and federal conservation area have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve

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This area includes Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Anacapa Island Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

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

34° 00.417' N. lat. 119° 24.600' W. long.;
34° 04.998' N. lat. 119° 24.600' W. long.;
34° 04.998' N. lat. 119° 21.400' W. long.;
34° 01.000' N. lat. 119° 21.400' W. long.; and
34° 00.960' N. lat. 119° 21.449' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Footprint State Marine Reserve (Anacapa Channel)

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This area includes Footprint State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Footprint Marine Reserve*. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas.

Boundary: This area is bounded by the straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

33° 59.300' N. lat., 119° 30.965' W. long.;
33° 54.119' N. lat., 119° 30.965' W. long.;
33° 54.119' N. lat., 119° 25.987' W. long.;
33° 59.300' N. lat., 119° 25.987' W. long.; and
33° 59.300' N. lat., 119° 30.965' W. long..

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

* The state reserve and federal reserve have identical regulations. For complete state boundaries and rules, see California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b). For federal MPAs see Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register 15 Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660.

Begg Rock State Marine Reserve (San Nicolas Island Quad)

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Boundary: This area includes all state waters below the mean high tide line surrounding Begg Rock, located in the vicinity of 33° 21.71' N. lat. 119° 41.76' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Los Angeles County

Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area

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

34° 02.28' N. lat. 118° 53.00' W. long.;
33° 59.14' N. lat. 118° 53.00' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 56.96' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.; and
34° 00.76' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take by spearfishing of white seabass and pelagic finfish is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of swordfish by harpoon; and coastal pelagic species by round haul net, brail gear, and light boat is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial coastal pelagic species catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.
  3. Take pursuant to beach nourishment and other sediment management activities is allowed inside the conservation area pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Point Dume State Marine Reserve

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

34° 00.76' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.;
33° 56.96' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 57.06' N. lat. 118° 47.26' W. long.; and
34° 01.20' N. lat. 118° 47.26' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Point Vicente State Marine Conservation Area

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

33° 44.80' N. lat. 118° 24.82' W. long.;
33° 44.80' N. lat. 118° 28.93' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 41.16' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.; and
33° 44.19' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited, except for remediation activities associated with the Palos Verdes Shelf Operable Unit of the Montrose Chemical Superfund Site inside the conservation area pursuant to the Interim Record of Decision issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and any subsequent Records of Decision.

Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area

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

33° 44.19' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.;
33° 41.16' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 40.85' N. lat. 118° 22.50' W. long.; and
33° 44.24' N. lat. 118° 22.50' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take by spearfishing of white seabass and pelagic finfish; and market squid by hand-held dip net is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of swordfish by harpoon; and coastal pelagic species and Pacific bonito by round haul net, brail gear, and light boat is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial coastal pelagic species or Pacific bonito catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.
  3. Take pursuant to remediation activities associated with the Palos Verdes Shelf Operable Unit of the Montrose Chemical Superfund Site are allowed inside the conservation area per the Interim Record of Decision issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and any subsequent Records of Decision.

Arrow Point to Lion Head Point State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

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Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line to a distance of 1000 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline southeastward of a line connecting the following two points:

33° 28.660' N. lat. 118° 32.310' W. long.; and
33° 28.820' N. lat. 118° 32.310' W. long.; and northwestward of a line connecting the following two points:
33° 27.240' N. lat. 118° 29.900' W. long.; and
33° 27.170' N. lat. 118° 30.100' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Recreational take of invertebrates is prohibited. Take of all other living marine resources is allowed.

Blue Cavern Onshore State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

Formerly known as Blue Cavern State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: 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.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Except as pursuant to Federal law, emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as provided in subsection 632(b)(124)(D), 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 formerly designated Catalina Marine Science Center Marine Life Refuge under the conditions prescribed in a scientific collecting permit issued by the department.

Blue Cavern Offshore State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

Formerly known as Bird Rock State Marine Conservation Area

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

33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.;
33° 29.97' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.; thence northwestward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 30.81' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long.;
33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long.; and
33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.;

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of pelagic finfish by hook and line or by spearfishing, white seabass by spearfishing and market squid by hand-held dip net is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of pelagic finfish by hook-and-line and swordfish by harpoon is allowed.

Long Point State Marine Reserve (Catalina Island)

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

33° 24.38' N. lat. 118° 21.98' W. long.;
33° 25.50' N. lat. 118° 21.98' W. long.;
33° 25.50' N. lat. 118° 24.00' W. long.; and
33° 25.11' N. lat. 118° 24.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Casino Point State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

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

33° 20.90' N. lat. 118° 19.43' W. long.;
33° 20.90' N. lat. 118° 19.42' W. long.;
33° 20.92' N. lat. 118° 19.38' W. long.;
33° 20.95' N. lat. 118° 19.42' W. long.;
33° 20.97' N. lat. 118° 19.47' W. long.;
33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 19.52' W. long.; and
33° 20.96' N. lat. 118° 19.56' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited, except for take pursuant to maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Feeding of fish for marine life viewing is allowed.

Lover's Cove State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

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

33° 20.460' N. lat. 118° 18.900' W. long.;
33° 20.711' N. lat. 118° 18.900' W. long.; and
33° 20.711' N. lat. 118° 19.321' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited, except for recreational take by hook-and-line from the Cabrillo Mole or take pursuant to maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Feeding of fish for marine life viewing is allowed.

Farnsworth Onshore State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

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

33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 29.08' W. long.;
33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 30.00' W. long.;
33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 29.00' W. long.;
33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 27.90' W. long.; and
33° 19.56' N. lat. 118° 27.90' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take by spearfishing of white seabass and pelagic finfish; marlin, tunas, and dorado (dolphinfish) (Coryphaena hippurus) by trolling; and market squid by hand-held dip net is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of swordfish by harpoon; and coastal pelagic species by round haul net, brail gear, and light boat is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial coastal pelagic species catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.

Farnsworth Offshore State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 30.00' W. long.;
33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 32.88' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 31.98' W. long.; and
33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 29.00' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of pelagic finfish, by hook and line or by spearfishing; white seabass by spearfishing; marlin, tunas and dorado (dolphinfish) (Coryphaena hippurus) by trolling; and market squid by hand-held dip net is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of swordfish by harpoon; and coastal pelagic species by round haul net, brail gear, and light boat is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial coastal pelagic species catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.

Cat Harbor State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)

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Boundary: 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.).

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of finfish by hook and line or by spearfishing, market squid by hook and line, and spiny lobster and sea urchin is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of sea cucumbers by diving only, and spiny lobster and sea urchin is allowed.
  3. Aquaculture of finfish pursuant to any required state permits is allowed.
  4. Take pursuant to 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.

Orange County

Bolsa Bay State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Bolsa Bay estuary southward of a line that approximates the Warner Avenue bridge located between the following two points:

33° 42.70' N. lat 118° 03.63' W. long.;
33° 42.70' N. lat 118° 03.61' W. long.; and northward of a line that approximates the pedestrian bridge located between the following two points:
33° 42.22' N. lat 118° 03.17' W. long.; and
33° 42.19' N. lat 118° 03.18' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational take of finfish by hook-and-line from shore in designated areas only, or take pursuant to routine operation and maintenance, habitat restoration, maintenance dredging, research and education, and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

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 or employees of Signal Corporation and its invitees for the purpose of carrying out oil and gas operations, shall enter this conservation area and remain therein except on established trails, paths, or other designated areas.

No person shall enter this conservation area between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within the Bolsa Chica Basin estuary northeastward of the Pacific Coast Highway Bridge, approximated by a straight line between the following two points:

33° 41.02' N. lat. 118° 02.15' W. long.; and
33° 40.98' N. lat. 118° 02.11' W. long.; and southeastward of a straight line between the following two points:
33° 42.22' N. lat. 118° 03.17' W. long.; and
33° 42.19' N. lat. 118° 03.18' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited, except for take pursuant to routine operation and maintenance, habitat restoration, maintenance dredging, research and education, and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

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 or employees of Signal Corporation and its invitees for the purpose of carrying out oil and gas operations, shall enter this conservation area and remain therein except on established trails, paths, or other designated areas.

No person shall enter this conservation area between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Upper Newport Bay northeastward of Pacific Coast Highway approximated by a line between the following two points:

33° 37.02' N. lat. 117° 54.24' W. long.;
33° 37.02' N. lat. 117° 54.32' W. long.; and southwestward of Jamboree Road approximated by a line between the following two points:
33° 39.07' N. lat. 117° 52.02' W. long.; and
33° 39.03' N. lat. 117° 52.01' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational take of finfish by hook-and-line from shore only, or take pursuant to maintenance dredging, habitat restoration, research and education programs, maintenance of artificial structures, and operation and maintenance of existing facilities inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

In waters below the mean high tide line inside the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, northeastward of a line connecting Shellmaker Island (33° 37.20' N. lat. 117° 53.51' W. long.) and North Star Beach (33° 37.38' N. lat. 117° 53.60' W. long.) the following restrictions apply:

  1. Swimming is allowed only in the area between North Star Beach and mid-channel.
  2. Boats are limited to speeds less than five miles per hour.
  3. Shoreline access is limited to established trails, paths, or other designated areas.

Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area

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

33° 35.373' N. lat. 117° 52.648' W. long.;
33° 35.065' N. lat. 117° 52.692' W. long.;
33° 32.400' N. lat. 117° 49.200' W. long.; and
33° 33.233' N. lat. 117° 49.200' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of finfish by hook-and-line or by spearfishing, and spiny lobster and sea urchin is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of coastal pelagic species by round haul net, spiny lobster by trap, and sea urchin is allowed.
  3. Take pursuant to beach nourishment and other sediment management activities, and operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area is allowed per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Take of all living marine resources from inside tidepools is prohibited. For purposes of this section, tidepools are defined as the area encompassing the rocky pools that are filled with seawater due to retracting tides between the mean higher high tide line and the mean lower low tide line.

Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve

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

33° 33.233' N. lat. 117° 49.200' W. long.;
33° 30.800' N. lat. 117° 49.200' W. long.; and
33° 30.800' N. lat. 117° 45.631' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Laguna Beach State Marine Conservation Area

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

33° 30.800' N. lat. 117° 45.631' W. long.;
33° 30.800' N. lat. 117° 49.200' W. long.;
33° 30.050' N. lat. 117° 49.200' W. long.; and
33° 30.050' N. lat. 117° 44.771' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except operation and maintenance of artificial structures and facilities, beach grooming, maintenance dredging, and habitat restoration inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area

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

33° 30.050' N. lat. 117° 44.771' W. long.;
33° 30.050' N. lat. 117° 46.000' W. long.;
33° 30.000' N. lat. 117° 46.000' W. long.;
33° 27.300' N. lat. 117° 43.300' W. long.;
33° 27.478' N. lat. 117° 42.276' W. long.; and
33° 27.622' N. lat. 117° 42.425' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of finfish by hook and line or by spearfishing, and spiny lobster and sea urchin is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of sea urchin, spiny lobster by trap, and coastal pelagic species by round haul net, brail gear, and light boat is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial coastal pelagic species catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.
  3. Take pursuant to operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area is allowed per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Take of all living marine resources from inside tidepools is prohibited. For purposes of this section, tidepools are defined as the area encompassing the rocky pools that are filled with seawater due to retracting tides between the mean higher high tide line and the mean lower low tide line.

San Diego County

Batiquitos Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Batiquitos Lagoon eastward of the Interstate Highway 5 Bridge, approximated by a line between the following two points:

33° 05.44' N. lat. 117° 18.12' W. long.; and
33° 05.46' N. lat. 117° 18.13' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to operation and maintenance, habitat restoration, research and education, maintenance dredging and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

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

Swami's State Marine Conservation Area

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

33° 02.900' N. lat. 117° 17.927' W. long.;
33° 02.900' N. lat. 117° 21.743' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 00.000' N. lat. 117° 20.398' W. long.; and
33° 00.000' N. lat. 117° 16.698' W. long., thence northward along the mean high tide line onshore boundary to
33° 00.962' N. lat. 117° 16.850' W. long.; and
33° 00.980' N. lat. 117° 16.857' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. Recreational take by hook-and-line from shore is allowed.
  2. The recreational take by spearfishing of white seabass and pelagic finfish is allowed.
  3. Take pursuant to beach nourishment and other sediment management activities and operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area is allowed per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

San Elijo Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within San Elijo Lagoon southeastward of a straight line between the following two points:

33° 00.980' N. lat. 117° 16.857' W. long.; and
33° 00.962' N. lat. 117° 16.850' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except operation and maintenance, maintenance dredging, habitat restoration including sediment deposition, research and education, and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

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

San Dieguito Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: The recreational take by spearfishing of white seabass and pelagic finfish is allowed.

32° 58.066' N. lat. 117° 15.579' W. long.; and
32° 58.072' N. lat. 117° 15.548' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational take of finfish by hook-and-line from shore.

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.

The County of San Diego, after consultation with the department, may carry out management activities for fish and wildlife, flood control and vector control. Authorized operation and maintenance activities shall include, but shall not be limited to, use of chemicals, vegetation control, water control and use of associated equipment.

Collections of fish, wildlife, water and soil may be made by the department for the purposes of fish and wildlife management or by San Diego County for the purposes of water quality testing and vector control.

San Diego-Scripps Coastal State Marine Conservation Area

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

32° 53.000' N. lat. 117° 15.166' W. long.;
32° 53.000' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.;
32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.; and
32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 15.233' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational take of coastal pelagic species, except market squid, by hook-and-line only, and take pursuant to operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Licensees of the Regents of the University of California and all officers, employees, and students of such university may take, for scientific purposes, invertebrates, fish, or specimens of marine plant or algae under the conditions prescribed in a scientific collecting permit issued by the department.

Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve

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

32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 15.233' W. long.;
32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.; and
32° 51.067' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Boats may be launched and retrieved only in designated areas and may be anchored within the reserve only during daylight hours.

South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

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

32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 16.781' W. long.;
32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.;
32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.; and
32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 15.495' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

South La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.;
32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 20.528' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 20.068' W. long.;
32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.; and
32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational take of pelagic finfish by hook-and-line only is allowed.

Famosa Slough State Marine Conservation Area

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Boundary: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Famosa Slough estuary southward of the San Diego River channel, located at approximately 32° 45.43' N. lat. 117° 13.75' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to habitat restoration, maintenance dredging and operation and maintenance of artificial structures is allowed inside the conservation area per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Cabrillo State Marine Reserve

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

32° 40.60' N. lat. 117° 14.82' W. long.;
32° 40.60' N. lat. 117° 15.00' W. long.;
32° 39.70' N. lat. 117° 15.00' W. long.;
32° 39.70' N. lat. 117° 14.30' W. long.; and
32° 40.00' N. lat. 117° 14.30' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.

Tijuana River Mouth State Marine Conservation Area

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

32° 34.00' N. lat. 117° 07.98' W. long.;
32° 34.00' N. lat. 117° 09.00' W. long.;
32° 31.97' N. lat. 117° 09.00' W. long.; thence eastward along the U.S./Mexico Border to
32° 32.06' N. lat. 117° 07.48' W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except:

  1. The recreational take of coastal pelagic species, except market squid, by hand-held dip net only is allowed.
  2. The commercial take of coastal pelagic species, except market squid, by round haul net is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial coastal pelagic species catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species, including market squid.
  3. Take pursuant to beach nourishment and other sediment management activities and operation and maintenance of artificial structures inside the conservation area is allowed per any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Definitions: Take, Finfish, Pelagic Finfish, and Coastal Pelagic Species

Take (Section 86, Fish and Game Code and Title 14 Section 650) means pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to pursue, catch, capture, or kill.

Finfish (Title 14 Section 632(a)(2)), as defined for purposes of MPA regulations, are any species of bony fish or cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates and rays). Finfish do not include amphibians, invertebrates, plants or algae.

Pelagic finfish (Title 14 Section 632(a)(3)), as defined for purposes of MPA regulations, are a subset of finfish defined as: northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax), barracudas (Sphyraena spp.), billfishes* (family Istiophoridae), dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus), Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi), jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus), Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus), salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.), Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax), blue shark (Prionace glauca), salmon shark (Lamna ditropis), shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), thresher sharks (Alopias spp.), swordfish (Xiphias gladius), tunas (family Scombridae), including Pacific bonito (Sarda chiliensis), and yellowtail (Seriola lalandi). *Marlin is not allowed for commercial take.

Coastal pelagic species (Title 14 Section 1.39), as defined for purposes of MPA regulations, include the following: northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax), Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax), Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus), jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus) and market squid (Loligo opalescens).

Surf Smelt (CCR Title 14, Section 28.45)
(Night Smelt, Day Fish, Whitebait Smelt)
Limit: Twenty-five pounds in combination

Definitions: MPA, Marine Managed Area, and Special Closure

State Marine Reserve (Title 14 Section 632(a)(1)(A)): In a State Marine Reserve, it is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource, except under a scientific colleting permit issued pursuant to Section 650 or specific authorization from the commission for research, restoration, or monitoring purposes.

State Marine Park (Title 14 Section 632(a)(1)(B)): In a State Marine Park, it is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living or nonliving marine resource for commercial purposes. Any human use that would compromise protection of the species of interest, natural community or habitat, or geological, cultural, or recreational features, may be restricted by the commission as specified in subsection 632(b), areas and special regulations for use. The commission may issue scientific collecting permits pursuant to Section 650 or specifically authorize research, monitoring, and educational activities and certain recreational harvest in a manner consistent with protecting resource values.

State Marine Conservation Area (Title 14 Section 632(a)(1)(C)): In a State Marine Conservation Area, it is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for commercial or recreational purposes, or a combination of commercial and recreational purposes except as specified in subsection 632(b), areas and special regulations for use. The commission may issue scientific collecting permits pursuant to Section 650 or specifically authorize research, education, and recreational activities, and certain commercial and recreational harvest of marine resources, provided that these uses do not compromise protection of the species of interest, natural community, habitat, or geological features.

State Marine Recreational Management Area (Title 14 Section 632(a)(1)(D)): In a State Marine Recreational Management Area, it is unlawful to perform any activity that would compromise the recreational values for which the area may be designated. Recreational opportunities may be protected, enhanced, or restricted, while preserving basic resource values of the area. No other use is restricted unless specified in subsection 632(b), areas and special regulations for use.

Special Closure: An area designated by the Fish and Game Commission that prohibits access or restricts boating activities in waters adjacent to sea bird rookeries or marine mammal haul-out sites (restrictions vary).

General Rules that Apply to All MPAs

Access (Title 14 Section 632(a)(4))

Access into marine protected areas or marine managed areas for non-consumptive uses including but not limited to swimming, surfing, diving, boating, hiking and walking is allowed unless otherwise specified in individual MPA regulations.

Introduction of Species (Title 14 Section 632(a)(5))

Unless authorized by the commission or as a result of authorized fishing activities, the release of any fish or wildlife species, including domestic or domesticated species, or the introduction of any plant species, is prohibited. The department may reintroduce endemic species to marine protected areas or marine managed areas for management purposes.

Feeding of Fish and Wildlife (Title 14 Section 632(a)(6))

The feeding of fish and wildlife is prohibited except permitted scientific collection pursuant to Section 650 or as a result of authorized fishing within state marine conservation areas, state marine parks, and state marine recreational management areas, or unless feeding of fish is specifically authorized in subsection 632(b) for purposes of marine life viewing.

Anchoring (Title 14 Section 632(a)(7))

Vessels shall be allowed to anchor in any marine protected area or marine managed area with catch onboard unless otherwise specified in individual MPA regulations, areas and special regulations for use. Fishing gear shall not be deployed in the water while anchored in a state marine reserve. Fishing gear, except legal fishing gear used to take species identified as allowed for take in subsection 632(b), shall not be deployed in the water while anchored in a state marine recreational management area, state marine park or state marine conservation area. Anchoring regulations shall be consistent with federal law and allowances made for anchoring required by emergency or severe weather.

Transit or Drifting (Title 14 Section 632(a)(8))

Vessels shall be allowed to transit through MPAs and MMAs with catch onboard. Fishing gear shall not be deployed in the water while transiting through a state marine reserve. Fishing gear, except legal fishing gear used to take species identified as allowed for take in subsection 632(b), shall not be deployed in the water while transiting through a state marine recreational management area, state marine park or state marine conservation area.

Spearfishermen with or without catch shall be allowed to transit through marine protected areas and marine managed areas. While transiting areas that prohibit spearfishing or while in possession of species not identified as allowed for take in the area being transited, spearfishing gear shall be in an unloaded condition, not carried in hand, and the diver shall remain at the surface.

Water Quality Monitoring (Title 14 Section 632(a)(9))

Sampling of water, sediment and marine life, for water quality monitoring or pollution research, or as required in a Monitoring and Reporting Program of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Waste Discharge Requirements issued by the State or Regional Water Boards pursuant to the United States Clean Water Act and the California Water Code, is allowed within state marine reserves, state marine conservation areas, state marine parks, and state marine recreational management areas pursuant to a valid scientific collecting permit issued by the department.

Public Safety (Title 14 Section 632(a)(10))

Public safety activities, including installation, maintenance and/or seasonal placement and removal of safety-related artificial structures, including but not limited to lifeguard towers, are allowed within any MPA classification pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Tribal Take (Title 14 Section 632(a)(11))

"Federally recognized tribe" means any tribe on the List of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, published annually in the Federal Register. Any member of a federally recognized tribe authorized to take living marine resources from an area with area-specific take restrictions in subsection 632(b), when engaging in take within an authorized area shall possess on his person, in his immediate possession, or where otherwise specifically required by law to be kept, any valid license, report card, tag, stamp, validation, permit, or any other entitlement that is required in the Fish and Game Code, or required by other state, federal, or local entities, in order to take living marine resources. Members shall possess a valid photo identification card issued by a federally recognized tribe that contains expiration date, tribal name, tribal member number, name, signature, date of birth, height, color of eyes, color of hair, weight, and sex; and display any of the items listed above upon demand to any peace officer. Members taking living marine resources under this provision are subject to current seasonal, bag, possession, gear and size limits in existing Fish and Game Code statutes and regulations of the Commission, except as otherwise provided for in subsection 632(b). No member, while taking living marine resources pursuant to this section, may be assisted by any person who does not possess a valid tribal identification card and is not properly licensed to take living marine resources. Nothing in the regulation is intended to conflict with, or supersede, any state or federal law regarding the take of protected, threatened or endangered species.

Shore Fishing (Title 14 Section(a)(12))

Take from shore, or shore fishing, means take of living marine resources from shore, including beaches, banks, piers, jetties, breakwaters, docks, and other man-made structures connected to the shore. Unless specifically authorized in subsection 632(b), no vessel, watercraft (motorized or non-motorized), or floating device may be used to assist in the take, transport or possession of species taken while shore fishing, except that a float tube or similar flotation device may be used when taking abalone only.