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California Marine Protected Areas

Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management 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 includes the area below mean high tide within Morro Bay east of the Morro Bay entrance breakwater and west of longitude 120° 50.340' W.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: North of latitude 35°19.700' N: Finfish. Finfish taken outside the Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area may be stored in a receiver for bait purposes.

Prohibited Species: South of latitude 35°19.700' N : All

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Aquaculture and storing finfish taken outside of Morro Bay SMRMA in a receiver for bait purposes

Prohibited Species: All, except aquaculture and storing finfish taken outside of Morro Bay SMRMA in a receiver for bait purposes

Other Regulations:

The following activities are also allowed north of latitude 35°19.70' N

  • Dredging for the purpose of harbor and channel operations and pursuant to required and valid permits and approvals.
  • Harbor operations and maintenance and cleaning of vessel hulls and other man-made structures, including removal of living marine resources for these purposes.

It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for recreational purposes, except for those listed above. Commercial use is not permitted.

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