California Recreational Ocean Fishing Regulations

Marine Plants

All laws or regulations hereunder are either reproduced verbatim from the Fish and Game Code or from Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), as adopted by the Fish and Game Commission under authority of the Fish and Game Code.

This page was updated on March 13, 2019

Also see: General Provisions and Definitions  |  Invertebrate Fishing Regulations  |  General Ocean Fishing Regulations  |  Marine Protected Areas  |  Full 2021-2022 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet (PDF)


30.00. Kelp General.

(a) Except as provided in this section and in Section 30.10 there is no closed season, closed hours or minimum size limit for any species of marine aquatic plant. The daily bag limit on all marine aquatic plants for which the take is authorized, except as provided in Section 28.60, is 10 pounds wet weight in the aggregate.

(b) Marine aquatic plants may not be cut or harvested in state marine reserves. Regulations within state marine conservation areas and state marine parks may prohibit cutting or harvesting of marine aquatic plants per sub-section 632(b) [marine protected area regulations].

30.10. Prohibited Species. No eel grass (Zostera), surf grass (Phyllospadix), or sea palm (Postelsia) may be cut or disturbed.

people fishing from shore CDFW photo by K. Penttila

Additional Resources

2021-2022 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulation Booklet (PDF)

NEW Rockfish Conservation Area Maps
Includes California’s Rockfish Conservation Area waypoints and lines. This new series of 38 detailed regional maps depict the coastal, island and offshore areas that are open (or closed) to groundfish fishing in 2021.

Visit our Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations web page for sport fishing regulations, fish identification resources, how-to videos, maps, and other useful fishing information.

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California Fishing Passport

California Fishing Passport

A fishing incentive and recognition program to highlight and promote fishing throughout the state. Download a copy of the California Fishing Passport book listing 150 different popular fresh and saltwater finfish and shellfish that occur throughout the state.