Abalone Cove SMCA

GPS Boundary:

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 southward 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.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: *

  • Recreational Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: White seabass and pelagic finfish by spearfishing; and market squid by hand-held dip net.
    • Prohibited Species: All other living marine resources EXCEPT those listed above.
  • Commercial Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: Swordfish by harpoon; and coastal pelagic species and Pacific bonito by round haul net, brail gear, and light boat. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial coastal pelagic species or Pacific bonito catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.
    • Prohibited Species: All other living marine resources EXCEPT those listed above.
  • Definitions:
    • Pelagic finfish, for the purpose of this section, are a subset of finfish defined as: northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax), barracudas (Sphyraena spp.), billfishes* (family Istiophoridae), dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus), Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi), jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus), Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus), salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.), Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax), blue shark (Prionace glauca), salmon shark (Lamna ditropis), shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), thresher sharks (Alopias spp.), swordfish (Xiphias gladius), tunas (family Scombridae) including Pacific bonito (Sarda chiliensis), and yellowtail (Seriola lalandi). *Marlin is not allowed for commercial take.
    • Coastal pelagic species means any of the following: northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax), Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax), Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus), jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus), and market squid (Loligo opalescens).

Educational Resources:

Effective as of: January 1, 2012

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.