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California Marine Protected Areas

Farnsworth Offshore State Marine Conservation Area (Catalina Island)
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: Catalina Harbor

Regulations in Effect Since: 1/1/2012

Boundaries: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 30.00' W. long.;
33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 32.88' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 31.98' W. long.;
33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 29.00' W. long. and
33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 30.00' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Market squid by hand-held dip net. Pelagic finfish including Pacific bonito by hook-and-line or spearfishing. White seabass by spearfishing. Marlin, tunas, and dorado (dolphinfish) by trolling.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates, EXCEPT market squid. Finfish, EXCEPT pelagic finfish, Pacific bonito, white seabass, marlin, tunas and dorado.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Coastal pelagic species by round haul net. Swordfish by harpoon.

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