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California Marine Protected Areas

Bodega Head State Marine Reserve
Important: As of October 1, 2014 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Northern California (Pigeon Pt. northward)

County: Sonoma

Nearest Port: Bodega Bay

Regulations in Effect Since: 5/1/2010

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

38° 20.10' N. lat. 123° 04.04' W. long.;
38° 20.10' N. lat. 123° 08.38' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 08.08' W. long.; and
38° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 03.64' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None

Prohibited Species: All

Other Regulations:

No anchoring or mooring except as permitted by federal law, or in hazardous weather. CDFW and the Bodega Marine Life Refuge director may permit take for scientific or educational purposes, access, anchoring, and/or mooring.

The director of the Bodega Marine Laboratory may authorize any person who holds a scientific collector's permit from the department, under the conditions prescribed by the department, to enter the Bodega Head State Marine Reserve to take any finfish, invertebrate, or marine plant or algae for scientific purposes.

The director of the Bodega Marine Laboratory may authorize students enrolled in educational programs conducted by the Bodega Marine Laboratory, under general conditions outlined in a memorandum of understanding with the department, to enter the Bodega Head State Marine Reserve to take any finfish, invertebrate, or marine plant or algae for educational and study purposes.