Saturday, February 28, 2009


The purpose of this site is to educate the public about our open spaces and to work together to protect the plants, animals, birds, insects, sea life and all the other life forms that share this world with us. We all need to work together to stop poachers and other unthinking people who do not respect this wonderful area and to teach them to change their habits and to appreciate what we are so privileged to have near us.

Tide Pools:
Abalone Cove and Pt. Fermin State Marine Parks are two of the teaching area tide pools that have Special Protection and are a preserve. These are NO TAKE ZONES. Even if you take an empty sea shell you are taking away a potential home of a hermit crab. Housing is in short supply. Many children and adults come to these areas to learn about the inhabitants of the tide pools. It is essential to protect everything in these areas so that it can be seen as it supposed to be.

If you see anyone not abiding by the rules take their picture and send it to this site and we will forward them to the authorities. Additionally, call BOTH the LA County Sheriff's Department at 310-539-1661 and California Fish and Game 1-888-DFG-CALTIP (1-888-334-2258). Response times vary from day to day and calling both increases the chances that someone will respond it time to make an arrest.

To view Existing Marine Protected Areas in California:


The areas listed below are marine protected areas that currently exist in California State waters. This list includes the Central Coast Marine Protected Areas, which went into effect on September 21, 2007.
  • Abalone Cove State Marine Park
  • Point Fermin State Marine Park
Species Prohibited for Recreational Take:
All marine aquatic plants; All invertebrates. They are working on including no fishing in these two areas.

(Invertebrate is a kind of animal that does not have a spinal column or backbone.
Includes worms, squids, octopuses, snails, sea shells and slugs, most shellfish; clams, oysters, scallops, mussels,
Echinoderms — starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs
Porifera — sponges
Cnidarians — jellyfish
Platyhelminthes — flatworms
Nematoda — roundworms
Annelida — segmented worms
Bryozoa — sea mats or moss animals)

Palos Verdes Land Conservancy
Land and all the wildlife in the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy is protected along with the native plants. It is open to hikers, bikers who must use the designated paths.


  1. Hello,

    I have a simple question... What would happen if I wanted to leave my pet abalones at the cove?

    I've been reading all these CA fish and game websites and it talks mostly about taking animals/poaching; in this particular case, I want to leave my pets there so that I know they will have a better life and a better chance of thriving.

    At least this way, if there are abalones in the cove, we can truly call the place abalone cove!

  2. I am not aware of any law preventing you from abandoning your pet abalones there.

    However, it is not a good idea because of the possibility that you will inadvertently introduce a disease to the wild shellfish.

    A much better alternative is to see if a rescue outfit like SEA labs can take them. They reintroduce the animals to the wild only after ascertainingg that they are healthy.

  3. Or Cabrillo Beach Aquarium where they are raising them.