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California Marine Protected Areas

Samoa State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of December 19, 2012 new MPA regulations are in effect for the Northern California coast from the Oregon/California border to Point Arena.
Management Area: Northern California (Pigeon Pt. northward)

County: Humboldt

Nearest Port: Eureka

Regulations in Effect Since: 12/19/2012

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

40° 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.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon by trolling. Surf smelt by dip net or Hawaiian type throw net. Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand.

Prohibited Species: All except salmon by trolling, surf smelt by dip net or Hawaiian type throw net, and Dungeness crab by trap, hoop net or hand.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon with troll fishing gear. Surf smelt by dip net. Dungeness crab by trap.

Prohibited Species: All except salmon with troll fishing gear, surf smelt by dip net, and Dungeness crab by trap.

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

Wiyot Tribe