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Southern Coast Regulations

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

Includes most of Santa Barbara County, and Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.

There are numerous areas along the California coast that have regulations more restrictive than the general fishing regulations.

These areas, known as marine protected areas (MPAs) are designated in part to protect, conserve, or enhance marine life. The following table lists all existing MPAs in ocean and estuarine waters that regulate sport fishing, species permitted or prohibited for take, and detailed boundary descriptions. Only regulations that pertain to sport fishing are included here. For further information, please contact the CDFW’s Marine Region in Eureka at (707) 445-6493, Monterey at (831) 649-2870 or Los Alamitos at (562) 342-7100, or email AskMPA@wildlife.ca.gov.

Note: The following regulations are from CCR T-14, Section 632(b). Within each county, the areas are arranged generally from north to south. Special closures and marine managed areas are also included in this table. While technically they do not meet the definition of a marine protected area, their restrictions differ significantly from the surrounding areas, so they are included here for ease of identification by the public. For more information please see the CDFW website at wildlife.ca.gov/MPAs.

Name

Permitted/Prohibited Uses For Recreational Take

Boundary Coordinates

Santa Barbara County, cont.

Point Conception State Marine Reserve It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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° 27.000’ N. lat. 120° 28.280’ W. long.;
34° 27.000’ N. lat. 120° 32.151’ W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
34° 23.961’ N. lat. 120° 25.000’ W. long.; and
34° 27.211’ N. lat. 120° 25.000’ W. long.
Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of finfish [sub-section 632(a)(2)], invertebrates except rock scallops and mussels, and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest is allowed.

This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
34° 28.130’ N. lat. 120° 14.460’ W. long.;
34° 27.300’ N. lat. 120° 14.460’ W. long.;
34° 27.300’ N. lat. 120° 12.470’ W. long.; and
34° 28.230’ N. lat. 120° 12.470’ W. long.
Naples State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take by spearfishing [Section 1.76] of white seabass and pelagic finfish5 [subsection 632(a)(3)] is allowed.

This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
34° 26.517’ N. lat. 119° 58.000’ W. long.;
34° 25.000’ N. lat. 119° 58.000’ W. long.;
34° 25.000’ N. lat. 119° 56.000’ W. long.; and
34° 26.140’ N. lat. 119° 56.000’ W. long.
Campus Point State Marine Conservation Area3, 6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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° 25.207’ N. lat. 119° 53.600’ W. long.;
34° 21.475’ N. lat. 119° 53.600’ W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
34° 21.212’ N. lat. 119° 50.650’ W. long.; and
34° 24.300’ N. lat. 119° 50.650’ W. long.
Goleta Slough State Marine Conservation Area3,6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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.

This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Goleta Slough.
Richardson Rock State and Federal Marine Reserves (San Miguel Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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*.

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.

Harris Point State and Federal Marine Reserves (San Miguel Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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*.

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.
An exemption to the state reserve, where …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.

Judith Rock State Marine Reserve (San Miguel Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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° 58.513’ N. lat. 120° 26.600’ W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 58.518’ N. lat. 120° 25.300’ W. long; and
34° 01.689’ N. lat. 120° 25.300’ W. long.
San Miguel Island Special Closure Special restrictions on recreational 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° 01.500’ N. lat. 120° 25.300’ W. long.) and Castle Rock (34° 03.300’ N. lat. 120° 26.300’ 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, …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. 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.

Carrington Point State Marine Reserve (Santa Rosa Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
34° 01.280’ 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.
Skunk Point State Marine Reserve (Santa Rosa Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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° 58.985’ 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.
South Point State and Federal Marine Reserves (Santa Rosa Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area includes the 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*.

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.

Painted Cave State Marine Conservation Area (Santa Cruz Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions: the recreational take of spiny lobster and pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)] is allowed. 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.
Gull Island State and Federal Marine Reserves (Santa Cruz Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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*.

This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
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° 57.769’ N. lat. 119° 48.000’ W. long.

Scorpion State and Federal Marine Reserves (Santa Cruz Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area includes the Scorpion State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Scorpion Marine Reserve. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas*.

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.

Santa Barbara Island State and Federal Marine Reserves It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area includes the 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*.

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° 01.813’ 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° 27.911’ N. lat. 119° 02.200’ W. long.

Ventura County

Anacapa Island State and Federal Marine Conservation Areas It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions: the recreational take of spiny lobster and pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)] …is allowed. This area includes the 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*.

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° 00.411’ N. lat. 119° 24.600’ W. long.

Anacapa Island State and Federal Marine Reserves It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area includes the 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*.

This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
34° 00.411’ 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° 21.463’ W. long.

Anacapa Island Special Closure

(A) No net or trap may be used in waters less than 20 feet deep off the Anacapa Islands, commonly referred to as Anacapa Island.

(B) 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° 00.910’ N. lat. 119° 25.260’ W. long.) to a line extending 000° True off the western edge of Frenchy’s Cove (34° 00.411’ 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.

Footprint State and Federal Marine Reserves (Anacapa Channel) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area includes the Footprint State Marine Reserve and the adjoining federal Footprint Marine Reserve. Coordinates are provided for outer boundaries of the joined state and federal areas*.

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.

Begg Rock State Marine Reserve (San Nicholas Island Quad) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area includes all state waters below the mean high tide line surrounding Begg Rock, located in the vicinity of 33° 21.743’ N. lat. 119° 41.718’ W. long.

Los Angeles County

Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take by spearfishing [Section 1.76] of white seabass and pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)] is allowed.

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° 02.306’ N. lat. 118° 53.000’ W. long.;
33° 59.140’ N. lat. 118° 53.000’ W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 56.960’ N. lat. 118° 49.200’ W. long.; and
34° 00.780’ N. lat. 118° 49.200’ W. long.
Point Dume State Marine Reserve It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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° 00.780’ N. lat. 118° 49.200’ W. long.;
33° 56.960’ N. lat. 118° 49.200’ W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 57.061’ N. lat. 118° 47.260’ W. long.; and
34° 01.178’ N. lat. 118° 47.260’ W. long.
Point Vicente State Marine Conservation Area3,6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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° 44.800’ N. lat. 118° 24.807’ W. long.;
33° 44.800’ N. lat. 118° 28.931’ W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 41.155’ N. lat. 118° 23.800’ W. long.; and
33° 44.198’ N. lat. 118° 23.800’ W. long.
Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take by spearfishing [Section 1.76] of white seabass and pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)]; and market squid by hand-held dip net [Section 1.42] is allowed.

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° 44.198’ N. lat. 118° 23.800’ W. long.;
33° 41.155’ N. lat. 118° 23.800’ W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 40.851’ N. lat. 118° 22.500’ W. long.; and
33° 44.240’ N. lat. 118° 22.500’ W. long.
Arrow Point to Lion Head Point State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. All recreational take is allowed in accordance with current regulations, except the recreational take of invertebrates is prohibited.

This area is bounded by the mean high tide line to a distance of 1,000 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline southeastward of a line connecting the following two points:
33° 28.652’ 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° 27.174’ N. lat. 118° 30.089’ W. long.
Blue Cavern Onshore State Marine Conservation Area3, 6 (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. Except as pursuant to federal law, emergency caused by hazardous weather, or as provided in sub-section 632(b)(124)(D), it is unlawful to anchor or moor a vessel in the formerly designated Catalina Marine Science Center Marine Life Refuge (Section 10932, Fish and Game Code). 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 (Section 10655, Fish and Game Code). This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
33° 25.960’ N. lat. 118° 27.000’ W. long.;
33° 27.500’ N. lat. 118° 27.000’ W. long;
33° 27.500’ N. lat. 118° 29.300’ W. long.; and
33° 26.640’ N. lat. 118° 29.300’ W. long.
Blue Cavern Offshore State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)], by hook-and-line or by spearfishing [Section 1.76], white seabass by spearfishing [Section 1.76], and market squid by hand-held dip net [Section 1.42] is allowed.

This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:
33° 27.500’ N. lat. 118° 27.000’ W. long.;
33° 29.970’ N. lat. 118° 27.000’ W. long.; thence northwestward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 30.810’ N. lat. 118° 29.300’ W. long.;
33° 27.500’ N. lat. 118° 29.300’ W. long.; and
33° 27.500’ N. lat. 118° 27.000’ W. long.
Long Point State Marine Reserve (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
33° 24.380’ N. lat. 118° 21.980’ W. long.;
33° 25.500’ N. lat. 118° 21.980’ W. long.;
33° 25.500’ N. lat. 118° 24.000’ W. long.; and
33° 25.102’ N. lat. 118° 24.000’ W. long.
Casino Point State Marine Conservation Area3, 6 (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. Feeding of fish for marine life viewing is allowed. This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
33° 20.900’ N. lat. 118° 19.430’ W. long.;
33° 20.900’ N. lat. 118° 19.420’ W. long.;
33° 20.920’ N. lat. 118° 19.380’ W. long.;
33° 20.950’ N. lat. 118° 19.420’ W. long.;
33° 20.970’ N. lat. 118° 19.470’ W. long.;
33° 21.000’ N. lat. 118° 19.520’ W. long.; and
33° 20.960’ N. lat. 118° 19.560’ W. long.
Lover’s Cove State Marine Conservation Area3 (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take by hook-and-line from the Cabrillo Mole is allowed.

Feeding of fish for marine life viewing is allowed.

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.
Farnsworth Onshore State Marine Conservation Area7 (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take by spearfishing [Section 1.76] of white seabass and pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)]; marlin, tunas, and dorado (dolphinfish) (Coryphaena hippurus) by trolling [sub-section 27.80(a)(3)]; and market squid by hand-held dip net [Section 1.42] is allowed.

This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
33° 21.000’ N. lat. 118° 29.080’ W. long.;
33° 21.000’ N. lat. 118° 30.000’ W. long.;
33° 19.000’ N. lat. 118° 29.000’ W. long.;
33° 19.000’ N. lat. 118° 27.900’ W. long.; and
33° 19.560’ N. lat. 118° 27.900’ W. long.
Farnsworth Offshore State Marine Conservation Area7 (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)] by hook-and-line or by spearfishing [Section 1.76]; white seabass by spearfishing [Section 1.76]; marlin, tunas and dorado (dolphinfish) (Coryphaena hippurus) by trolling [sub-section 27.80(a)(3)] and market squid by hand-held dip net [Section 1.42] is allowed.

This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:
33° 21.000’ N. lat. 118° 30.000’ W. long.;
33° 21.000’ N. lat. 118° 32.878’ W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 19.000’ N. lat. 118° 31.978’ W. long.;
33° 19.000’ N. lat. 118° 29.000’ W. long.; and
33° 21.000’ N. lat. 118° 30.000’ W. long.
Cat Harbor State Marine Conservation Area3 (Catalina Island) It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of finfish [sub-section 632(a)(2)] by hook-and-line or by spearfishing [Section 1.76], market squid by hook-and-line, and spiny lobster and sea urchin is allowed.

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° 25.486’ N. lat. 118° 30.294’ W. long.) and Cat Head Point (33° 25.320’ N. lat. 118° 30.760’ W. long.).

Orange County

Bolsa Bay State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions: The recreational take of finfish [sub-section 632(a)(2)] by hook-and-line from shore in designated areas only is allowed. 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. 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° 42.700’ N. lat. 118° 03.633’ W. long.; and
33° 42.700’ N. lat. 118° 03.604’ W. long.;
and northward of a line that approximates the pedestrian bridge located between the following two points:
33° 42.219’ N. lat. 118° 03.167’ W. long.; and
33° 42.177’ N. lat. 118° 03.186’ W. long.
Bolsa Chica Basin State Marine Conservation Area3, 6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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. 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° 41.028’ N. lat. 118° 02.153’ W. long.; and
33° 40.981’ N. lat. 118° 02.109’ W. long.;
and southeastward of a straight line between the following two points:
33° 42.219’ N. lat. 118° 03.167’ W. long.; and
33° 42.177’ N. lat. 118° 03.186’ W. long.
Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exception: The recreational take of finfish [sub-section 632(a)(2)] by hook-and-line from shore only is allowed. In waters below the mean high tide line inside the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, northeastward of a line connecting Shellmaker Island (33° 37.200’ N. lat. 117° 53.510’ W. long.) and North Star Beach (33° 37.380’ N. lat. 117° 53.600’ W. long.) the following restrictions apply:

Swimming is allowed only in the area between North Star Beach and mid-channel. Boats are limited to speeds less than five miles per hour.

Shoreline access is limited to established trails, paths, or other designated areas.

This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Upper Newport Bay northeastward of the Pacific Coast Highway approximated by a line between the following two points:
33° 37.014’ N. lat. 117° 54.237’ W. long.;
33° 37.014’ N. lat. 117° 54.336’ W. long.; and southwestward of Jamboree Road approximated by a line between the following two points:
33° 39.071’ N. lat. 117° 52.021’ W. long.; and
33° 39.027’ N. lat. 117° 52.014’ W. long.
Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of finfish [sub-section 632(a)(2)] by hook-and-line or by spearfishing [Section 1.76], and spiny lobster and sea urchin is allowed.

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.

This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
33° 35.372’ N. lat. 117° 52.645’ W. long.;
33° 35.065’ N. lat. 117° 52.692’ W. long.;
33° 32.400’ N. lat. 117° 49.200’ W. long.;
33° 33.211’ N. lat. 117° 49.200’ W. long; and
33° 33.224’ N. lat. 117° 49.184’ W. long.
Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
33° 33.224’ N. lat. 117° 49.184’ W. long.;
33° 33.211’ N. lat. 117° 49.200’ W. long.;
33° 30.713’ N. lat. 117° 49.200’ W. long.; and
33° 30.713’ N. lat. 117° 45.264’ W. long.
Laguna Beach State Marine Conservation Area3,6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
33° 30.713’ N. lat. 117° 45.264’ W. long.;
33° 30.713’ N. lat. 117° 49.200’ W. long.;
33° 30.050’ N. lat. 117° 49.200’ W. long.; and
33° 30.050’ N. lat. 117° 44.762’ W. long.
Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of finfish [sub-section 632(a)(2)] by hook-and-line or by spearfishing [Section 1.76], and spiny lobster and sea urchin is allowed.

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.

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° 44.762’ 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.

San Diego County

Batiquitos Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area3,6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the conservation area. This area overlaps a portion of the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Ecological reserve rules are in effect as defined in Section 630 or as posted.

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° 05.440’ N. lat. 117° 18.120’ W. long.; and
33° 05.460’ N. lat. 117° 18.130’ W. long.

Swami’s State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. Recreational take by hook-and-line from shore is allowed.

2. The recreational take by spearfishing [Section 1.76] of white seabass and pelagic finfish5 [sub-section 632(a)(3)] is allowed.

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.
San Elijo Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area3, 6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the conservation area. This area overlaps a portion of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Ecological Reserve rules are in effect as defined in Section 630 or as posted.

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.

San Dieguito Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions: the recreational take of finfish by hook-and-line from shore is allowed. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the conservation area. No person, except state and local law enforcement officers, fire suppression agencies and employees of the department in the performance of their official duties or persons possessing written permission from the department, shall be permitted on the California least tern nesting island. No person, except state and local law enforcement officers, fire suppression agencies and employees of the department in the performance of their official duties or persons possessing written permission from the department, shall enter this conservation area between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. This area overlaps a portion of the San Dieguito Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Ecological reserves rules are in effect as defined in Section 630 or as posted. In addition, access to the ecological reserve shoreline is currently closed to the public, as authorized under sub-section 630(a)(10).

This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the San Dieguito Lagoon Ecological Reserve southeastward of a straight line between the following two points:
32° 58.066’ N. lat. 117° 15.579’ W. long.; and
32° 58.072’ N. lat. 117° 15.548’ W. long.

San Diego-Scripps Coastal State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of coastal pelagic species8 [Section 1.39], except market squid, by hook-and-line only is allowed.

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° 15.252’ W. long.
Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. Boats may be launched and retrieved only in designated areas and may be anchored within the reserve only during daylight hours. 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° 15.252’ W. long.;
32° 51.964’ N. lat. 117° 16.400’ W. long.; and
32° 51.067’ N. lat. 117° 16.400’ W. long.
South La Jolla State Marine Reserve It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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.
South La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions: the recreational take of pelagic finfish5 [subsection 632(a)(3)] by hook-and-line only is allowed. 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° 49.573’ N. lat. 117° 19.000’ W. long.
Famosa Slough State Marine Conservation Area3, 6 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. 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° 45.430’ N. lat. 117° 13.750’ W. long.
Cabrillo State Marine Reserve It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource. This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
32° 40.600’ N. lat. 117° 14.820’ W. long.;
32° 40.600’ N. lat. 117° 15.000’ W. long.;
32° 39.700’ N. lat. 117° 15.000’ W. long.;
32° 39.700’ N. lat. 117° 14.300’ W. long.; and
32° 40.000’ N. lat. 117° 14.300’ W. long.
Tijuana River Mouth State Marine Conservation Area3 It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for… recreational purposes, with the following specified exceptions:

1. The recreational take of coastal pelagic speciesB [Section 1.39], except market squid, by hand-held dip net [Section 1.42] only is allowed.

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° 34.000’ N. lat. 117° 07.980’ W. long.;
32° 34.000’ N. lat. 117° 09.000’ W. long.;
32° 31.970’ N. lat. 117° 09.000’ W. long.; thence eastward along the U.S.-Mexico Border to
32° 32.064’ N. lat. 117° 07.428’ W. long.