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Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area
Important: As of March 1, 2016 new MPA regulations are in effect.
Management Area: Southern California (Pt. Conception southward)

County: Orange

Nearest Port: Dana Point

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:

33° 30.050' N. lat. 117° 44.762' W. long.;
33° 30.050' N. lat. 117° 46.000' W. long.;
33° 30.000' N. lat. 117° 46.000' W. long.;
33° 27.300' N. lat. 117° 43.300' W. long.;
33° 27.478' N. lat. 117° 42.276' W. long.; and
33° 27.622' N. lat. 117° 42.425' W. long.

Recreational Fishing

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

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

Commercial Fishing

Allowed Species: Lobster by trap. Sea urchin. Coastal pelagic species by round haul net, brail gear and light boat.

Prohibited Species: All marine aquatic plants. All invertebrates EXCEPT lobster and sea urchin. Finfish EXCEPT coastal pelagic species.

Other Regulations: Take of all living marine resources from inside tidepools is prohibited. For purposes of this section, tidepools are defined as the area encompassing the rocky pools that are filled with seawater due to retracting tides between the mean higher high tide line and the mean lower low tide line.

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.