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Pillar Point State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of March 1, 2016 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: North Central California (Pt. Arena to Pigeon Pt.)

County: San Mateo

Nearest Port: Pillar Point Harbor

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:

37° 30.000' N. lat. 122° 29.920' W. long.;
37° 30.000' N. lat. 122° 34.608' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 28.330' N. lat. 122° 33.489' W. long.;
37° 28.330' N lat. 122° 30.830' W. long.;
37° 29.180' N lat. 122° 30.360' W. long.;
37° 29.740' N lat. 122° 29.970' W, long.; and
37° 29.733' N lat. 122° 29.950' W, long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Pelagic finfish by trolling. Dungness crab by trap. Market squid by hand-held dip net.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT Dungeness crab by trap and market squid by hand-held dip net. Finfish EXCEPT pelagic finfish by trolling.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Pelagic finfish by trolling or round haul net. Dungeness crab by trap. Market squid by round haul net.

Prohibited Species: Finfish, EXCEPT pelagic finfish. Invertebrates EXCEPT Dungeness crab and market squid. All marine aquatic plants.

Other Regulations: 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 and commercial fishing regulations apply in addition to MPA regulations.