Detailed versions of the South Coast Marine Protected Areas approved by
the state Fish and Game Commission are finally available.
MLPA South Coast Closure Maps reconfigured for clarity by WON BY PAUL LEBOWITZ WON Staff Writer Updated Dec 13, 2011 Now you can easily determine whether your favorite fishing spots are slated for closure. The maps focus on the MPA boundaries, zoomed in to show landmarks recognizable from the water.
Depending on how regulatory issues sort out, these closures are scheduled to go into effect on either Jan. 1 or Jan. 8, 2012.
Keep in mind that where we mention a landmark such as a street name, the boundary locations are approximate. Refer to the boundary descriptions for actual lat / lon numbers as provided by the DFG. You can plug those into your GPS for onthego mapping.
Unraveling the regulations is more complicated. State Marine Reserves (SMRs, shown in red on the maps) are easy; all fishing is prohibited, even catch and release. State Marine Conservation Area (SMCAs, shown in blue) regulations vary wildly. We'll break them out in simple terms to the extent possible. You'll want to review the regulations for yourself once they are available. These are the recreational regs only; for commercial regulations, check the web. The more than two dozen maps below are arranged south to north, with Catalina bringing up the rear. Take note: Recently closed military safety areas at San Clemente Island are not shown, nor are the preexisting Channel Islands MPAs. You can't fish there either. Anglers who prefer an interactive look at the maps can go right to the internet source: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/scmpas_list.asp.
The map below is the SoCal overview, followed by specific area by area maps with landbased overlays so you can see the MPA borders.
ANGLERS: Here are the area by area MPAs with land references and specific restrictions information.
Tijuana River Mouth SMCA (above)  No fishing except for baitfish by dip net only. Extends from the border north to the foot of Seacoast Drive. The IB kelp directly opposite the pier is out of the closure, but some of the kelp farther inshore and south is included. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 32° 34.00' N. lat. 117° 07.98' W. long.; 32° 34.00' N. lat. 117° 09.00' W. long.; 32° 31.97' N. lat. 117° 09.00' W. long.; thence eastward along the U.S./Mexico Border to 32° 32.06' N. lat. 117° 07.48' W. long.
Cabrillo SMR, Pt Loma (above)  No fishing. The southern boundary extends roughly 1300 feet south of Pt Loma, and extends east roughly 1200 feet from the southern tip of point including the area just south of the lighthouse. The northern boundary is one cove south of the sewage treatment plant. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 32° 40.60' N. lat. 117° 14.82' W. long.; 32° 40.60' N. lat. 117° 15.00' W. long.; 32° 39.70' N. lat. 117° 15.00' W. long.; 32° 39.70' N. lat. 117° 14.30' W. long.; and 32° 40.00' N. lat. 117° 14.30' W. long.
La Jolla Area (overview map above)  The South La
Jolla SMR and SMCA are to the south. Up north, the formerly well marked Scripps
Ecological Reserve balloons into the new and larger Matlahuayl SMR, with the
San DiegoScripps Coastal SMCA perched above. Read on below for boundary maps
and regulations.
South La Jolla SMR Southern Border (above)
Northern Border of La Jolla SMR (above)
South La Jolla SMR and SMCA Cluster  SMR no fishing; SMCA some two miles offshore allows pelagic finfish and bonito by hook and line. The boundaries are roughly Palomar Ave (north) and Diamond St (south), with the Crystal Pier shown for perspective. On the north end, the MLPAI map shows Big Rock in the closed area just south of the boundary, and Windnsea in the clear just to the north. SMR Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 16.781' W. long.; 32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.; 32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.; and 32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 15.495' W. long. SMCA Boundary Description This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.; 32° 49.573' N. lat. 117° 20.528' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 20.068' W. long.; and 32° 47.945' N. lat. 117° 19.000' W. long.
Matlahuayl SMR, La Jolla (above)
San DiegoScripps Coastal SMCA southern boundary (above) (you can take fin bait in the blue)
Matlahuayl SMR, La Jolla  No fishing. Western boundary extends north from Rocky Pt. The northern boundary is base of Scripps Pier. The San DiegoScripps Coastal SMCA is directly north. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 15.233' W. long.; 32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.; and 32° 51.067' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.
San DiegoScripps Coastal SMCA northern boundary (above)
San DiegoScripps Coastal SMCA, La Jolla  No fishing except baitfish by hook and line. Southern boundary at base of Scripps Pier. Northern boundary is off the La Jolla Farms area, south of the Glider Port. Closed area includes Black's Beach. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 32° 53.000' N. lat. 117° 15.166' W. long.; 32° 53.000' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.; 32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 16.400' W. long.; and 32° 51.964' N. lat. 117° 15.233' W. long.
Swami's Encinitas (overview below)
Southern boundary of Swami's SMCA (above)
Northern Boundary of Swami's SMCA (above)
Swami's SMCA, Encinitas  Shore fishing (any target) and spearfishing for pelagic finfish, bonito, and white seabass only. Southern boundary just south of San Elijo Lagoon. Northern boundary at Encinitas Blvd, Moonlight State Beach. The lagoon itself is a seperate no take SMCA, as is the nearby Batiquitos Lagoon east of the I5. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 33° 02.900' N. lat. 117° 17.927' W. long.; 33° 02.900' N. lat. 117° 21.743' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 33° 00.000' N. lat. 117° 20.398' W. long.; and 33° 00.000' N. lat. 117° 16.698' W. long., thence northward along the mean high tide line onshore boundary to 33° 00.962' N. lat. 117° 16.850' W. long.; and 33° 00.980' N. lat. 117° 16.857' W. long.
The Revised Laguna MPA Cluster (DFG overview map above)  This confusing mess of 4 linked MPAs is simple if you remember one thing. No fishing in the red / blue triangle that pokes out from the coast. The boundaries have changed. WON is working on detail maps  for now you're on your own.
Dana Pt SMCA (southern blue strip): go fish but leave the tidepools alone...
Laguna Beach SMCA (triangle blue section in detail map): No fishing! Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
Revised boundaries:
33° 30.800' N. lat. 117 45.631' W. long.; 33° 30.800' N. lat. 117 49.200' W. long.; 33° 30.050' N. lat. 117 49.200' W. long.; and 33° 30.050' N. lat. 117 44.771' W. long.
Laguna Beach SMR (above, in red): No fishing.
Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:
Revised boundaries:
33° 33.233' N. lat. 117 49.200' W. long.; 33° 30.800' N. lat. 117 49.200' W. long.; and 33° 30.800' N. lat. 117 45.631' W. long.
Crystal Cove SMCA (northern blue strip): fishing is not a crime, but taking from the tidepools will be a crime.
Upper Newport Bay SMCA (above)  Fish by hook and line. Includes the upper bay north of the PCH bridge. Some swimming restrictions. Boundary Description This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Upper Newport Bay northeastward of Pacific Coast Highway approximated by a line between the following two points: 33° 37.02' N. lat. 117° 54.24' W. long.; 33° 37.02' N. lat. 117° 54.32' W. long.; and southwestward of Jamboree Road approximated by a line between the following two points: 33° 39.07' N. lat. 117° 52.02' W. long.; and 33° 39.03' N. lat. 117° 52.01' W. long. Bolsa Chica Basin SMCA (above)  Fishing, boating, swimming, wading and diving are prohibited. Boundary Description This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within the Bolsa Chica Basin estuary northeastward of the Pacific Coast Highway Bridge, approximated by a straight line between the following two points: 33° 41.02' N. lat. 118° 02.15' W. long.; and 33° 40.98' N. lat. 118° 02.11' W. long.; and southeastward of a straight line between the following two points: 33° 42.22' N. lat. 118° 03.17' W. long.; and 33° 42.19' N. lat. 118° 03.18' W. long.
Palos Verdes Area (overview map above)  The Palos Verdes area is slated for the large Pt Vicente SMCA (notake) to the west. The smaller Abalone Cove SMCA to the east prohibits hook and line fishing; some spearfishing and squid by dip net are allowed. Closeup boundary maps
and regulations are below.
Abalone Cove SMCA, Palos Verdes (above)  No hook and line fishing. Spearfishing for pelagic finfish, bonito and white seabass. Squid ok by dip net only. The eastern boundary runs northsouth along the western edge of Portuguese Pt. The western boundary is anchored by Long Pt. The map above shows the eastern boundary.
Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 33° 44.19' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.; 33° 41.16' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 33° 40.85' N. lat. 118° 22.50' W. long.; and 33° 44.24' N. lat. 118° 22.50' W. long.
Pt Vicente SMCA, Palos Verdes  No fishing, no way, no how. The eastern boundary runs northsouth from Long Pt. The northern boundary (shown above) is one minor point north of Pt Vincente. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 33° 44.80' N. lat. 118° 24.82' W. long.; 33° 44.80' N. lat. 118° 28.93' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 33° 41.16' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.; and 33° 44.19' N. lat. 118° 23.80' W. long.
Pt Dume Area (overview map above)  Malibu's iconic Pt Dume, a mainstay spot for small boaters since time immemorial, is set for complete closure to hook and line fishing. The point itself is surrounded by the Pt Dume SMR. The Pt Dume SMCA to the west allows only limited spearfishing. Sorry Zuma surfcasters, the powers that be made no adjustments for you as they did down south. Closeup boundary
maps
and regulations are below.
Pt Dume SMR eastern boundary at Paradise Cove (above)
Pt Dume SMR / Pt Dume SMCA Boundary at Zuma Beach (above)
Pt Dume SMR, Malibu  No fishing. The eastern boundary runs northsouth from Paradise Cove. The western boundary is at Westward Beach Rd / Zuma Beach entrance. The first map shows the eastern boundary; the second, the western, where the SMR meets the adjacent SMCA. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 34° 00.76' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.; 33° 56.96' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 33° 57.06' N. lat. 118° 47.26' W. long.; and 34° 01.20' N. lat. 118° 47.26' W. long.
Pt Dume SMCA eastern boundary at Encinal Rd (above)
Pt Dume SMCA  No fishing except spearfishing for pelagic finfish, bonito and white seabass . The eastern boundary is at Westward Beach Rd / Zuma Beach entrance. The western boundary just east of Encinal Canyon Rd. La Piedra State Beach is open; El Matador is in the closed area. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 34° 02.28' N. lat. 118° 53.00' W. long.; 33° 59.14' N. lat. 118° 53.00' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 33° 56.96' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.; and 34° 00.76' N. lat. 118° 49.20' W. long.
Santa Barbara Area (overview map above)  Several MPAs are clustered around UC Santa Barbara. The largest is the Campus Pt SMR; the nearby Goleta Slough SMCA is also notake. The Naples SMCA to the west allows only limited spearfishing. Closeup boundary
maps
and lat / lon numbers are below.
Campus Pt SMCA (no take) eastern boundary (above).
Campus Pt SMCA western boundary (above).
Campus Pt SMCA, Santa Barbara area  No fishing of any kind. The nearby Goleta Slough SMCA prohibits fishing, boating, swimming, wading and diving. The eastern boundary runs northsouth from Goleta Pt. The western is boundary just west of the Santa Barbara Shores County Park eastern boundary. The first map shows the eastern boundary and the Goleta Slough SMCA. The second shows the western boundary. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 34° 25.20' N. lat. 119° 53.60' W. long.; 34° 21.48' N. lat. 119° 53.60' W. long.; thence eastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 34° 21.21' N. lat. 119° 50.65' W. long.; and 34° 24.30' N. lat. 119° 50.65' W. long.
Naples SMCA eastern boundary (above).
Naples SMCA western boundary (above).
Naples SMCA, Santa Barbara area  Underwater only, spearfishing for pelagic finfish, bonito, white seabass and nothing else. The eastern boundary is near Eagle Creek; the western boundary is close to Dos Pueblos Canyon Rd. The first map shows the eastern boundary; the second the western. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 34° 26.51' N. lat. 119° 58.00' W. long.; 34° 25.00' N. lat. 119° 58.00' W. long.; 34° 25.00' N. lat. 119° 56.00' W. long.; and 34° 26.13' N. lat. 119° 56.00' W. long.
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Kashtayit SMCA, Gaviota State Park (above)  Recreational finfish, invertebratesexcept rock scallops or mussels, and collection of giant kelp by hand are the only allowed takes. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 34° 28.13' N. lat. 120° 14.46' W. long.; 34° 27.30' N. lat. 120° 14.46' W. long.; 34° 27.30' N. lat. 120° 12.47' W. long.; and 34° 28.23' N. lat. 120° 12.47' W. long. Pt Conception SMR eastern boundary (above).
Pt Conception SMR  No fishing. Eastern boundary near Cojo Road; the northern boundary runs west from Pt. Conception. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 34° 27.00' N. lat. 120° 28.28' W. long.; 34° 27.00' N. lat. 120° 32.15' W. long.; thence southeastward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 34° 23.96' N. lat. 120° 25.00' W. long.; and 34° 27.19' N. lat. 120° 25.00' W. long.
Catalina MPAs (overview above)  The large MPAs are Blue Cavern / Bird Rock near the midriff, Long Pt in the north, and Farnsworth to the west. Smaller MPAs bracket Avalon (Lover's Cove and Casino Pt) and the midriff (Cat Harbor and Arrow Pt to Lion Head Pt). The big ones first: Long Pt SMR (above)  No fishing. The eastern boundary runs north from Long Pt. The western boundary is slightly west of Goat Harbor, which sits in the closed area. The first map shows the eastern boundary; the second, the western. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 33° 24.38' N. lat. 118° 21.98' W. long.; 33° 25.50' N. lat. 118° 21.98' W. long.; 33° 25.50' N. lat. 118° 24.00' W. long.; and 33° 25.11' N. lat. 118° 24.00' W. long. Blue Cavern SMCA eastern boundary (above).
Blue Cavern SMCA western boundary near Two Harbors (above).
Blue Cavern SMCA  No fishing in the shoreward Blue Cavern SMCA. Empire Landing is roughly 2,800 feet east of the eastern boundary. The western boundary is just west of the now inaccurately named Fisherman's Cove and Bird Rock offshore. The first map shows the eastern boundary. The second shows the western, with Little Harbor visible at map left, and Bird Rock towards the top. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 33° 25.96' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.; 33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.; 33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long.; and 33° 26.64' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long. Bird Rock SMCA  Hook and line and spearfishing ok for pelagic finfish and bonito; squid only by dip net. Follows same eastwest borders as the Blue Cavern SMCA, adjacent to the south. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.; 33° 29.97' N. lat. 118° 27.00' W. long.; thence northwestward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 33° 30.81' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long.; and 33° 27.50' N. lat. 118° 29.30' W. long. Farnsworth Onshore SMCA eastern boundary (above).
Farnsworth Onshore SMCA northern boundary (above).
Farnsworth Onshore SMCA  Hook and line trolling for pelagic finfish and bonito is ok. Pelagic finfish include anchovy, barracuda, billfish, dorado, herring, jack mackerel, Pacific mackerel, salmon, sardine, blue shark, salmon shark, shortfin mako, threshers, swordfish, tuna and yellowtail. Spear divers can add white seabass to the list. Squid, but by dip net only. The first map shows the eastern boundary; the second, the northern. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 29.08' W. long.; 33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 30.00' W. long.; 33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 29.00' W. long.; 33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 27.90' W. long.; and 33° 19.56' N. lat. 118° 27.90' W. long. Farnsworth Offshore SMCA  Stop me if you've heard this one. Hook and line trolling for pelagic finfish and bonito is ok.
See the species list above. Spear
divers can shoot seabass. Squid, but by dip net only. The eastern boundary is one point east of China Pt. The northern boundary is approximately 2,700 ft south of Ben Weston Pt. Boundary Description This area is bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted: 33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 30.00' W. long.; 33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 32.88' W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to 33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 31.98' W. long.; and 33° 19.00' N. lat. 118° 29.00' W. long.
Lover's Cove SMCA and Casino Pt SMCA, Avalon (above)  Pier fishing only at Lover's Cove. On the map, Casino Pt is to the left, Love's Cove to the right. Lover's Cove Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 33° 20.46' N. lat. 118° 18.90' W. long.; 33° 20.70' N. lat. 118° 18.90' W. long.; and 33° 20.70' N. lat. 118° 19.31' W. long. Casino Pt Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed: 33° 20.90' N. lat. 118° 19.43' W. long.; 33° 20.90' N. lat. 118° 19.42' W. long.; 33° 20.92' N. lat. 118° 19.38' W. long.; 33° 20.95' N. lat. 118° 19.42' W. long.; 33° 20.97' N. lat. 118° 19.47' W. long.; 33° 21.00' N. lat. 118° 19.52' W. long.; and 33° 20.96' N. lat. 118° 19.56' W. long. Arrowhead Pt to Lionhead Pt SMCA (not shown; north of Two Harbors)  Hook and line ok; no invertebrate take. Boundary Description This area is bounded by the mean high tide line to a distance of 1000 feet seaward of the mean lower low tide line of any shoreline southeastward of a line connecting the following two points: 33° 28.660' N. lat. 118° 32.310' W. long.; and 33° 28.820' N. lat. 118° 32.310' W. long. And northwestward of a line connecting the following two points: 33° 27.240' N. lat. 118° 29.900' W. long.; and 33° 27.170' N. lat. 118° 30.100' W. long. Cat Harbor SMCA (not shown)  Cast your lines and lobster hoops. Recreational fishing is permitted. Boundaries include the entire harbor. Boundary Description This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line on the west side of Catalina Island northward of a straight line connecting Pin Rock (33° 25.50' N. lat. 118° 30.28' W. long.) and Cat Head Point (33° 25.32' N. lat. 118° 30.76' W. long.). Begg Rock SMR (not shown)  No fishing within a 3 mile radius of this speck of rock far offshore. Boundary Description This area includes all state waters below the mean high tide line surrounding Begg Rock, located in the vicinity of 33° 21.71' N. lat. 119° 41.76' W. long.
