California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Kelp and Other Marine Algae

Giant Kelp Forest

Kelp Bed Maps | Nearshore Fishing Block Maps | Informational Digest | Draft Kelp CEQA Document | Additional Information

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California Administrative Kelp Bed Maps

April 2014
State marine protected areas, marine recreational management areas, and special closures noted

 

Nearshore Fishing Block Maps used for Commercial Edible Seaweed and Agar Algae Harvest

State marine protected areas, marine recreational management areas, and special closures noted

 

Informational Digest to the Regulations Governing the Harvest of Kelp and Other Marine Algae in California

  • Informational Digest (4.4 MB)
    Includes the following:
    • Commercial Harvest of Kelp, Edible Marine Algae, and Agar
    • Fish and Game Code Sections 6650-6751: Regulations for the Commercial Harvest of Kelp and Other Aquatic Plants
    • Title 14, California Code of Regulations, Sections 165 and 165.5: Regulations for the Commercial Harvest of Kelp and Other Aquatic Plants
    • Commercial Kelp Harvester's Monthly Report
    • Commercial Edible Seaweed/Agar Harvester's Monthly Report
  • Attachment 1: Administrative Kelp Bed Maps
    State marine protected areas, marine recreational management areas, and special closures noted
  • Attachment 2: Nearshore Fishing Block Maps used for Commercial Edible Seaweed and Agar Algae Harvest (4.3 MB)
    State marine protected areas, marine recreational management areas, and special closures noted

The Fish and Game Commission adopted amendments effective April 1, 2014 to regulations for the commercial harvest of kelp. The amendments:

  • Clarify existing regulations which include correcting the location of Department of Fish and Wildlife offices that sell commercial kelp harvesting licenses and the mailing address for harvest records
  • Update administrative kelp bed boundaries to reference coordinates of latitude and longitude
  • Eliminate the development plan requirement for lease holders
  • Require a Commission-approved kelp harvest plan for lease holders and for the mechanical harvest of kelp in all locations where harvest is allowed
  • Require current lease holders to provide additional information to meet the kelp harvest plan requirement
  • Specify the information required in the kelp harvest plan. The amendments are reflected in this document.

 

Draft Kelp CEQA Document

December 2000

The kelp CEQA document is divided into several files for convenience of downloading and reviewing. Below is the title of each chapter. For additional information on the content of each chapter, please refer to the Table of Contents.

 

Additional Information