Farallon Islands Closed Areas

The Farallon Islands, or Farallones, are a group of islands off San Francisco, California. The islands are: Southeast Farallon Island, Middle Farallon Island, North Farallon Island and Noon Day Rock. Generally, the State of California prohibits commercial and recreational fishing for groundfish (except fishing for "other flatfish" with certain hook and line gears, as specified at §§ 660.230, 660.330 and 660.360) in shallow waters between the shoreline and the 10 fm (18 m) depth contour around each of the Farallon Islands. 

The Farallon Islands Closed Areas have been in place since 2004. The boundaries of these closed areas have not changed over time.