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California Marine Protected Areas

Cat Harbor 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: Catalina Harbor

Regulations in Effect Since: 1/1/2012

Boundaries: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line on the west side of Catalina Island northward of a straight line connecting Pin Rock (33° 25.486' N. lat. 118° 30.294' W. long.) and Cat Head Point (33° 25.320' N. lat. 118° 30.760' W. long.).

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Squid by hook-and-line. Lobster and sea urchin. Finfish by hook-and-line or by spearfishing.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates EXCEPT squid, lobster, and sea urchin.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Sea cucumber by diving only. Spiny lobster and sea urchin. Finfish aquaculture pursuant to required state permits.

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.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT sea cucumber, spiny lobster, and sea urchin. All finfish, except finfish associated with permitted aquaculture facilities.

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.