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California Marine Protected Areas

Elkhorn Slough State Marine Conservation Area
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: Central California (Pigeon Pt. to Pt. Conception)

County: Monterey

Nearest Port: Moss Landing

Regulations in Effect Since: 2007

Boundaries: This area includes the waters below mean high tide within Elkhorn Slough east of the Highway 1 Bridge and west of longitude 121° 46.40' W.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Finfish by hook-and-line only. Clams taken on the north shore of the slough in the area adjacent to the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT clams taken on the north shore of the slough in the area adjacent to the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All