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California Marine Protected Areas

Piedras Blancas State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of March 1, 2016 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Central California (Pigeon Pt. to Pt. Conception)

County: San Luis Obispo

Nearest Port: Morro Bay

Regulations in Effect Since: 2007

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:

35° 42.850' N. lat. 121° 21.000' W. long.;
35° 42.850' N. lat. 121° 22.763' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
35° 39.150' N. lat. 121° 20.913' W. long.;
35° 39.150' N. lat. 121° 18.500' W. long.; and
35° 42.850' N. lat. 121° 21.000' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon and albacore

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates. Finfish EXCEPT salmon and albacore.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon and albacore

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates. All finfish EXCEPT salmon and albacore.

Other Regulations: It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for commercial and/or recreational purposes, except for those listed above.

Note that state and federal sport and commercial fishing regulations apply in addition to MPA regulations.