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California Marine Protected Areas

Saunders Reef State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of October 1, 2014 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: North Central California (Pt. Arena to Pigeon Pt.)

County: Mendocino

Nearest Port: Noyo Harbor (Fort Bragg)

Regulations in Effect Since: 5/1/2010

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:

38° 51.80' N. lat. 123° 39.23' W. long.;
38° 51.80' N. lat. 123° 44.78' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 50.00' N. lat. 123° 42.58' W. long.; and
38° 50.00' N. lat. 123° 37.60' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon by trolling

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates. Finfish EXCEPT salmon by trolling.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon by trolling. Sea urchin.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates EXCEPT sea urchin. All finfish EXCEPT salmon.