Marine Protected Area (MPA)
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is working with various agencies and key partners in the Peninsula, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Los Angeles Marine Protected Area Collaborative Team to address issues, develop signage, and inform the community about the City’s two State Marine Conservation Areas: Point Vicente SMCA (No-Take) and Abalone Cove SMCA. CDFW recognized a significant increased take in tide pools in June 2020 and July 2020, from various public reports and field observations by Wardens inside and outside of MPA zones around the Peninsula, primarily in White Point, San Pedro, and Abalone Cove. There is a concern regarding the high activity, despite many individuals taking within legal limits, thereby causing undue stress in the tidepools and affecting long term sustainability of habitat. The public is encouraged to report violations 24/7 directly to CDFW by calling 1-888-334-2258 (1-888-334-CalTIP).
A reminder, per California Fishing regulations, a fishing license is required for anyone 16 years or older for any fishing except for fishing from a public fishing pier in ocean waters. For more information, and to obtain permits, visit CDFW Fishing Regulation Website.