The California Department of Fish and Game has posted regulations effective March 1,, 2012 for the upcoming abalone season. The regulations come down to this: The taking of red abalone is closed in the area for Fort Ross Reef (Fort Ross State Park) from December to May and for the month of July.
EXCERPT FROM THE DFG REGULATIONS
(a) Geographical Area: Abalone may only be taken north of a line drawn due west magnetic from the center of the mouth of San Francisco Bay. No abalone may be taken, landed, or possessed if landed south of this line. Click here is a link to the closure map.
(b) Open Season and Hours:
(1) Open Season: In the Fort Ross area bounded by the mean high tide line and a line drawn due south true from 38°30.63’ N, 123°14.98’ W (the northern point of Fort Ross Cove) and a line drawn due west true from 38°29.45’ N, 123°11.72’ W (Jewel Gulch, south boundary Fort Ross State Park) abalone may only be taken during the months of June, August, September, October and November. In the remainder of the geographic area defined in subsection (a) above, abalone may be taken only during the months of April, May, June, August, September, October and November.
Per the DFG website:
For more information about the Red Abalone Closure Area at Fort Ross (Sonoma County), please contact the California Department of Fish and Game at (707) 964-9078. Sport fishing regulations pertaining to red abalone may be found in the current Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet, available wherever sport fishing licenses are sold, at your local Department office, and online at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.