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California Marine Protected Areas

Blue Cavern Offshore State Marine Conservation Area* (Catalina Island)
Important: As of March 1, 2016 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Southern California (Pt. Conception southward)

County: Los Angeles

Nearest Port: Two Harbors

Regulations in Effect Since: 1/1/2012

Boundaries: This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

33° 27.500' N. lat. 118° 27.000' W. long.;
33° 29.970' N. lat. 118° 27.000' W. long.; thence northwestward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
33° 30.810' N. lat. 118° 29.300' W. long.;
33° 27.500' N. lat. 118° 29.300' W. long.; and
33° 27.500' N. lat. 118° 27.000' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Market squid by hand-held dip net, pelagic finfish by hook-and-line or by spearfishing, and white seabass by spearfishing.

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

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Pelagic finfish by hook-and-line, and swordfish by harpoon.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates. All finfish EXCEPT pelagic finfish and swordfish.

Other Regulations: *Formerly known as Bird Rock State Marine Conservation Area

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.