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California Marine Protected Areas

Abalone Cove 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: Southern California (Pt. Conception southward)

County: Los Angeles

Nearest Port: Long Beach

Regulations in Effect Since: 1/1/2012

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:

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.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Market squid by hand-held dip net. Pelagic finfish, including Pacific bonito, and white seabass by spearfishing.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates, EXCEPT market squid by hand-held dip net. Finfish, EXCEPT pelagic finfish including Pacific bonito, and white seabass by spearfishing.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Coastal pelagic species and Pacific bonito by round haul net, and swordfish by harpoon.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates EXCEPT market squid. All finfish EXCEPT coastal pelagic finfish species, Pacific bonito and swordfish.