Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area

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  • Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area

    Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area is intended as a heritage site with significant educational opportunities. Kashtayit SMCA is connected to Gaviota State Park, the traditional Chumash village site of Kashtayit. As a Traditional Cultural Place that plays a significant role in Chumash maritime culture, it is ideally suited for tribal co-management to promote 1) education and outreach, 2) marine stewardship, and Chumash maritime cultural preservation and revitalization.

    Permitted/Prohibited Uses:

    1. It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for recreational and/or commercial purposes, with the following specified exceptions:
      • The recreational take of finfish, invertebrates except rock scallops and mussels, and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest is allowed.
      • Take pursuant to the maintenance of artificial structures and operation and maintenance of existing facilities is allowed inside the conservation area pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the Department.
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    Article on Boundaries and Permitted Uses at  Kashtayit SMPA published by California Marine Sanctuary Foundation

    Article published by California Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Map created by California Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Article in Wikipedia


  • Address: In the ocean
    Gaviota Coast
    United States
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