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California Marine Protected Areas

Big Creek 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: Monterey

Regulations in Effect Since: 2007

Boundaries: This area is bounded by the three nautical mile offshore boundary and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

36° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 39.00' W. long.;
36° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 42.90' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
36° 05.20' N. lat. 121° 41.25' W. long.;
36° 05.20' N. lat. 121° 38.00' W. long.; and
36° 07.20' N. lat. 121° 39.00' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Salmon and albacore

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates. Finfish EXCEPT salmon and albacore.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Spot prawn, salmon, albacore

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates EXCEPT spot prawn. All finfish EXCEPT salmon and albacore.