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California Marine Protected Areas

Año Nuevo State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of October 1, 2014 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Central California (Pigeon Pt. to Pt. Conception)

County: San Mateo, Santa Cruz

Nearest Port: Pillar Point Harbor

Regulations in Effect Since: 2007

Boundaries: 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.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Giant kelp taken by hand harvest only

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants EXCEPT giant kelp taken by hand harvest only. All invertebrates. Finfish.