: Central California (Pigeon Pt. to Pt. Conception)
Regulations in Effect Since
The commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and bull kelp (Nereocystis spp.) by hand is allowed under the following conditions:
- A kelp harvester with a valid license issued pursuant to Section 165 may take no more than 44 tons of kelp from the portion of Administrative Kelp Bed 219 within the Carmel Bay State Marine Conservation Area in any calendar month.
- Duplicate landing records must be kept on board the harvest vessel in accordance with the requirements of Section 165.
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.