Santa Barbara Flyfishers' Forums
General Open Discussion (registration required to post) >> Saltwater Reports >> Goleta Slough MPA effecting fishing at Goleta Beac

Message started by Lew_Riffle on Jan 13th, 2012, 7:27am

Title: Goleta Slough MPA effecting fishing at Goleta Beac
Post by Lew_Riffle on Jan 13th, 2012, 7:27am

After some discussion on the Bulla Board it seems that Goleta Beach is effected by the MLPA with the Goleta Slough MPA getting pushed towards the ocean more than it was originally.  The line for the MPA is now aligned with the paving edge of the parking lot which runs along the coastline with the beach. Previously this was the north mountain side of the lot. However with MLPA new descriptions it is now on the South side taking a pretty good slot of beach with it since there is kind if a cove effect down coast of the lot.  The waters/areas  listed are for below mean tide line which puts another dimension into things.
So take care when going fishing east(SB side of the pier) that you don't even wade water that is north(mountain side) along the line formed by the south side(ocean side) of the parking lot.  
Given the right sand and beach conditions this could also effect fishing the beach at higher tides as well.
Check out this link for more information:

                  Bummer even dummer is that I missed not questioning this by not carefully reviewing for what could be mistake of when you look at the numbers (datum)for the line discribed by minutes in fractions and minutes and seconds.      LEW

Title: Re: Goleta Slough MPA effecting fishing at Goleta
Post by Forum Admin on Jan 13th, 2012, 9:48am


Just to put this into perspective, I drew a line on a Google aerial as you described:

So, does this illustrate it accurately? If so, you really have to be careful not to get too close to the slough opening.

* Note that the tide and shifting sand will change how much beach is below the line.

Title: Re: Goleta Slough MPA effecting fishing at Goleta
Post by Lew_Riffle on Jan 15th, 2012, 7:45am

You are a little South.  However the lastest is a "don't get your panties all twisted up" news bulletin is that The Goleta slough has a longitudinal boundary that is not mentioned in the special regulation for the Goleta Slough.  It is 119 degrees 49.59 minutes which plots out just east of the end of the parking lot.
This is given on the PDF map data but not in the regulations below.
Bottom line is that the slough stops there and does not extend east down coast along the beach.
However Steelhead no fishing regulations north of that line do.

(78) Goleta Slough State Marine Conservation Area.

(A) This area includes the waters below the mean high tide line within Goleta Slough northward of latitude 34 25.02[ch8242] N.

(B) Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except for take pursuant to activities authorized under subsection 632(b)(78)(D).

(C) In waters below the mean high tide line inside the Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve as defined within Section 630, the following restrictions apply:

1. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited.

2. No person shall enter this area and remain therein except on established trails, paths or other designated areas except department employees or designated employees of Santa Barbara Airport, City of Santa Barbara, Goleta Sanitary District and Goleta Valley Vector Control District for the purposes of carrying out official duties.

(D) Routine maintenance, dredging, habitat restoration, research and education, maintenance of artificial structures, and operation and maintenance of existing facilities in the conservation area is allowed pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or activities pursuant to Section 630, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Kind of a pain that Google Earth does not give the option of coordinate units.  

My best effort:

Santa Barbara Flyfishers' Forums » Powered by YaBB 2.1!
YaBB © 2000-2005. All Rights Reserved.