Home Back CA.GOV

California Marine Protected Areas

San Diego-Scripps Coastal State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of March 1, 2016 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Southern California (Pt. Conception southward)

County: San Diego

Nearest Port: San Diego

Regulations in Effect Since: 1/1/2012

Boundaries: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

32° 53.000' N. lat. 117° 15.166' W. long.;
32° 53.000' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.;
32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.; and
32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 15.252' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Coastal pelagic species, except market squid, by hook-and-line only.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates, including market squid. Finfish, EXCEPT coastal pelagic finfish species.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Other Regulations: Licensees of the Regents of the University of California and all officers, employees, and students of such university may take, for scientific purposes, invertebrates, fish, or specimens of marine plant or algae under the conditions prescribed in a scientific collecting permit issued by the department.

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.