Big River Estuary 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:

39° 18.134′ N. lat. 123° 47.517′ W. long.; and
39° 18.079′ N. lat. 123° 47.540′ W. long.

And westward of a line connecting the following two points:

39° 18.222′ N. lat. 123° 46.242′ W. long.; and
39° 18.150′ N. lat. 123° 46.240′ W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: *

  • Recreational Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: Surfperch (family Embiotocidae) by hook and line from shore only; and Dungeness crab by hoop net or hand
    • Prohibited Species: All other living marine resources EXCEPT those listed above.
  • Commercial Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: None
    • Prohibited Species: All

* The following federally recognized tribes (listed alphabetically) are exempt from the area and take regulations for Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area (subsection 632(b)(25)) and shall comply with all other existing regulations and statutes:

  • Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians of the Big Valley Rancheria
  • Cahto Indian Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria
  • Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  • Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria
  • Guidiville Rancheria
  • Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake
  • Hopland Band of Pomo Indians of the Hopland Rancheria
  • Lower Lake Rancheria
  • Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria
  • Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians
  • Pinoleville Pomo Nation
  • Potter Valley Tribe
  • Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians
  • Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians
  • Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation
  • Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  • Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians

Take pursuant to activities authorized in subsection 632(b)(25)(D) is allowed.

Waterfowl may be taken in accordance with the general waterfowl regulations (Sections 502, 550, 551, and 552).

Effective as of: December 19, 2012

Additional Resources:

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