Painted Cave 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:
34° 04.492’N. lat. 119° 53.000’W. long.;
34° 05.200’N. lat. 119° 53.000’W. long.;
thence eastward along a line one nautical mile offshore to
34° 05.000’N. lat. 119° 51.000’W. long.; and
34° 04.034’N. lat. 119° 51.000’W. long.

Federal MPA boundary corner coordinates:
(Textual boundary descriptions and related regulations are available in the Federal Register 15 CFR Part 922 and 50 CFR Part 660).
33° 21.792′ N. lat., 118° 54.527′ W. long.
33° 21.792′ N. lat., 119° 02.200′ W. long.
33° 25.008′ N. lat., 119° 02.200′ W. long.
33° 28.500′ N. lat., 118° 58.248′ W. long.
33° 28.500′ N. lat., 118° 54.527′ W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses:

  • Recreational Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: Spiny lobster and pelagic finfish.
    • Prohibited Species: All other living marine resources EXCEPT those listed above.
  • Commercial Fishing:
    • Allowed Species: None
    • Prohibited Species: All
  • 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.

Effective as of: January 1, 2012

Educational Resources:

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.