Elkhorn Slough SMCA

Shoreline Boundary Landmarks:

Extends from a location approximately 0.8 miles upstream of the Highway 1 Bridge to the Highway 1 Bridge downstream.

GPS Boundary:

This area includes the waters below mean high tide within Elkhorn Slough east of the Highway 1 Bridge and west of longitude 121° 46.40′ W.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses:

  • Recreational Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: Clams only on the north shore of the slough in the area adjacent to the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area; finfish by hook-and-line only.
    • Prohibited Species: All other living marine resources EXCEPT those listed above.
  • Commercial Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: None
    • Prohibited Species: All
    • Definitions:
      • Finfish are defined as any species of bony fish or cartilaginous fish (sharks, skates and rays). Finfish do not include amphibians, invertebrates, plants or algae.

Additional Resources:

Effective as of: September 27, 2007

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