Carrington Point State Marine Reserve (SMR) sits southwest of Santa Barbara on the north side of Santa Rosa Island, the second largest of California’s Channel Islands. Protecting nearly 13 square miles of coastal ecosystems, Carrington Point SMR is home to surfgrass beds, kelp forests, and offshore sandy seafloors. This marine protected area (MPA) protects four miles of rocky shoreline, excellent habitat for nesting seabirds as well as invertebrates like mussels, anemones, and barnacles.
The cold, nutrient-rich waters surrounding the island help sustain a diverse web of marine life. The SMR's extensive kelp forests are full of kelp bass, giant sea bass, California sheephead, and California spiny lobster. Sea lions and seals are frequent visitors to the reserve, along with pelagic fish like tuna and mackerel. Although not out of reach, visiting this MPA requires a three-hour boat ride from Ventura Harbor.
It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource.
California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b)(105)(opens in new tab)
MPA size: 12.78 square miles
Shoreline span: 4.8 miles
Depth range: 0 to 211 feet
- Rock: 5.04 square miles
- Sand/mud: 10.31 square miles