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California Marine Protected Areas

Drake's Estero State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of December 19, 2012 new MPA regulations are in effect for the Northern California coast from the Oregon/California border to Point Arena.
Management Area: Northern California (Pigeon Pt. northward)

County: Marin

Nearest Port: Bodega Bay

Regulations in Effect Since: 5/1/2010

Boundaries: This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Drakes Estero northward of a line connecting the following two points:

38° 02.66' N. lat. 122° 56.89' W. long.; and
38° 02.66' N. lat. 122° 56.15' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

Allowed Species: Clams

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. Invertebrates EXCEPT clams. All finfish.

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: None, except aquaculture of shellfish pursuant to a valid State Water Bottom Lease and permit

Prohibited Species: All, except aquaculture of shellfish