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California Marine Protected Areas

Bodega Head State Marine Conservation Area
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° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 03.64' W. long.;
38° 18.00' N. lat. 123° 08.08' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
38° 13.34' N. lat. 123° 03.51' W. long.; and
38° 17.93' N. lat. 123° 03.51' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Pelagic finfish by trolling. Dungeness crab by trap. Market squid by hand-held dip net.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT Dungeness crab by trap and market squid by handheld dip net. Finfish EXCEPT pelagic finfish by trolling.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Pelagic finfish by trolling or round haul net. Dungeness crab by trap. Market squid by round haul net.

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