Now that the new Coastal Trail is officially opening on June 4, 2016, many more visitors and local residents will be enjoying access to beaches and coves that were previously only accessible by kayak.
Another Fort Bragg attraction, Glass Beach, is also receiving even more foot traffic than it did prior to the proximity of the Coastal Trail. While tourists are encouraged to take photographs, they are warned to please not take any more glass away from the beach so that newer visitors will be able to enjoy it.
There is also another problem we face in Fort Bragg and along the North Coast of California every year — abalone poaching. In addition to being illegal, is also dangerous. Nearly every year, there is a drowning death or other injuries due to illicit abalone seekers attempting to scale sharp cliffs and dive for abalone in unsafe conditions.
The City of Fort Bragg has issued the following information about abalone access, with warnings about poaching.
The Fort Bragg Municipal Code Chapter 9.68 states that it is an illegal infraction (resulting in a $100 to $500 fine) to:
1. Park your vehicle in the park during closure hours (dusk to dawn).
2. Enter into habitat protective areas – designated by habitat protective fencing.
3. Use ropes or other equipment to scale the bluffs.
4. Trespass on private property.
Please be aware the cliffs can be dangerous and crumble, so stay away from the edges — proceed at your own risk!
No Abalone Poaching is permitted. Be aware of Department of Fish & Wildlife regulations.
You can download a map with approved access points for abalone in the Fort Bragg area.
We hope that you’ll heed our warnings and stay safe, as well as legal, in regard to searching for abalone. Enjoy the Coastal Trail and the beaches instead!