Fishing & MPA Resources

Resources for Fishing & Marine Protected Areas

Check out this page for useful resources for fishing and MPAs (including mobile resources!), ways to get involved with MPA research, and exciting videos about saltwater fishing in California.


CDFW Ocean Sport Fishing Interactive Web Map


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers an interactive map for referencing relevant ocean sportfishing information. Try this resource on your next fishing trip! This new resource is designed to help you visualize sport fishing regulation boundaries, including marine protected areas and groundfish conservation area depth restrictions, on your mobile phone.

CDFW Ocean Sportfishing Interactive Web Map

CDFW Marine Protected Area Network Regulations & Maps


Visit California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s MPA page.  Using the map or the links, you can select the portion of the coast that you are interested in to access MPA regulations, maps and other information for that area.

CDFW MPA Regulations & Maps

CDFW Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations


Visit the  California Department of Fish and Wildlife Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for the most up to date information, rules, and regulations about ocean sport fishing in California. You can find regulations, fish identification tools, How-to-Fish videos, maps, and further information.

CDFW Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations

FishLegal Saltwater Fishing Maps & Regulations Mobile Application

This mobile application includes MPA boundaries, associated MPA regulations and allows for MPA map and info lookup without cellular signal. Users are able to pinpoint their exact location relative to each MPA.

The app is free to download from the iTunes App store and on Google Play.


Navionics Mobile Application & Marine Charts

Go cruising, fishing and sailing with the same detailed charts and advanced features used on the best GPS plotters – get the most out of your time on the water!

Mobile app and charts showing MPAs available for download!

Navionics Chart Viewer

Fishing & MPAs Mobile Information Postcard


Postcards highlighting access to mobile MPA and fishing information were produced as a low-cost resource for far-reaching dissemination. Requests for copies continue.

Mobile Information Postcard

Fishing & MPAs Information Poster

A waterproof poster (11′ x 17″) displaying mobile MPA resources. 

Good News for Calico Bass Fishing in California


The most-caught saltwater fish is also the most-released fish in Southern California. What changes in Southern California’s calico bass population have you experienced? Watch this video on YouTube and let us know your thoughts on the current state of calico bass fishing in California.

Fishing for Answers with California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program


What is CCFRP? The California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program is a partnership of people and communities interested in our fisheries. By combining the expertise and ideas of fishermen and scientists, CCFRP has successfully established protocols to gather information for fisheries management through utilizing local charter boats and the help of numerous volunteer anglers to study growth rates and fish density in California MPAs. Watch this video to learn more about the program and how to get involved!

Conservation Through the Eyes of a Child Angler


Less screen-time, more sea-time! Check out this video about the joy and life lessons learned straight from fishing kids. Healthy productive oceans, sustainable populations, it’s up to all of us to keep the next generation on the water! Wise beyond their years, see the world of fishing and ocean conservation through the eyes of a child with this short video.

Fishing the Line in California


Fish Movement and Spillover… Myth or Reality? One of the best ways to tell whether spillover is working is to look where the anglers are positioning their boats. Are they are consistently setting up their boats on the boundary lines of protected areas? If so, they are doing it for a reason! Protected areas are working, both in terms of protecting fish and “spilling over” fish for anglers to catch outside the boundary line.

Become a Volunteer Angler with CCFRP

Hey anglers! Ever wish you could be more involved with the evaluation of California’s marine protected areas (MPAs)? Check out the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP), an alliance of people and communities interested in fisheries sustainability. 

With the help of volunteer anglers and the fishing community, CCFRP collects data on economically important nearshore species to provide information for fisheries management and the evaluation of MPA performance. Contribute to research and learn more about nearshore fish along the California coast by becoming a volunteer angler!

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The mission of the California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.