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Old 05-16-2018, 01:08 PM   #1
Bob Ballew
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Understanding the RPV Closed Areas

...After reading some of the posts herein, it is obvious some divers, particularly new guys, do not understand the Marine Protected Areas conservation rules. Here are a few clarification points:
...Point Vincente lighthouse, north up to Pacifica Del Mar St.( Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center); on down to Long Point due south is closed to all take, including spearfishing and fishing (purple on maps)...The Terranea resort is the southern boundry. The trail going down to the water on the south end of Terranea leads to water open to spearfishing...just stay out of the kelp bed directly in front of Terranea. (Terranea is a great spot for taking your better half for drinks and fantastic sunset views)...
...From Long Point to Portuguese Bend is the Abalone Cove Conservation zone (blue on maps), but, is open to spearfishing for wsb and pelegic finfish plus the taking of squid.
...Above Pt. Vincente to Pt. Dume is open to all normal fishing activities, as is the coast down to Huntington Beach Bolsa Chica area....
...Taken from the F&W booklet dated: March, 2016...probably a good idea to check for recent updates on their site....Suggestion: Pick up a copy of the Southern California Marine Protected Areas booklet from any Fish and Wildlife office or order it from them online. Some sporting goods stores stock it... The benefit is to show lifeguards, police and others, the specific map and rules for the area where you may be challenged due to misunderstandings of what take is permitted for free divers and fishermen in a given conservation zone...it just might prevent a citation and wasted time in court if an officer makes a mistake...the specific rules may be found under the California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 632.

Moral: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure....

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