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California Marine Protected Areas

Navarro River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of March 1, 2016 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Northern California (CA/OR border to Pt. Arena)

County: Mendocino

Nearest Port: Noyo Harbor (Fort Bragg)

Regulations in Effect Since: 12/19/2012

Boundaries: This area consists of waters below the mean high tide line within the Navarro River Estuary, eastward of a line connecting the following two points:

39° 11.536' N. lat. 123° 45.685' W. long.; and
39° 11.489' N. lat. 123° 45.516' W. long.

And westward of a line connecting the following two points

39° 11.846' N. lat. 123° 44.809' W. long.; and
39° 11.803' N. lat. 123° 44.843' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmonids by hook and line

Prohibited Species: All except salmonids by hook and line. Note: The hunting of waterfowl is permitted.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Other Regulations: The following federally recognized tribes are exempt from the area and take regulations for this MPA and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes, including general rules for Tribal Take found in Section 632(a)(11):

Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians of the Big Valley Rancheria,
Cahto Indian Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria,
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians,
Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria,
Guidiville Rancheria,
Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake,
Hopland Band of Pomo Indians of the Hopland Rancheria,
Lower Lake Rancheria,
Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria,
Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians,
Pinoleville Pomo Nation,
Potter Valley Tribe,
Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians,
Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians,
Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation,
Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and
Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians

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 fishing regulations apply in addition to MPA regulations.