Re: Possesion of game in MPA would be illegal, the first place to look for a dive instructor

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Posted by John Ugoretz on October 09, 2003 at 15:59:40:

In Reply to: Possesion of game in MPA would be illegal posted by Melvin on September 18, 2003 at 09:43:38:

Nate and Melvin,

I came across your discussion of possession of game in an MPA. While Melvin's response is correct in respect to a "Game Refuge" as defined in Fish and Game Code, the Channel Islands MPAs are designated as "State Marine Reserves" and "State Marine Conservation Areas" in Title 14, California Code of Regulations.

In these areas, possession is NOT prohibited. The specific reference to Title 14, Section 632 Marine Protected Areas is copied below.

632. Marine Protected Areas.
(7) Anchoring. Vessels shall be allowed to anchor in any Marine Protected Area with catch onboard unless otherwise specified in section 632(b), areas and special regulations for use. Fishing gear must be stowed and not in use while anchored in a Marine Protected Area. Anchoring regulations shall be consistent with federal law and allowances made for anchoring required by emergency or severe weather.
(8) Transit. Vessels shall be allowed to transit through Marine Protected Areas with catch onboard provided fishing gear is stowed and not in use.

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me.

John Ugoretz
California Dept. of Fish and Game
1933 Cliff Drive, Suite 9
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 560-6758

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