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The Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings citizens, local government, non-profit organizations, agencies, and landowners together through collaboration and partnership to protect and restore the Morro Bay Estuary.
The Estuary Program is a local, non-profit organization, not a government agency, and thus has no regulatory authority. Instead, the program makes progress by fostering collaboration at a watershed-level. This approach has proved to be both efficient and effective.

The Estuary Program is one of 28 National Estuary Programs around the country working to safeguard and improve the health of some of our nation's most important coastal waters. The US Environmental Protection Agency provides financial and technical support to each National Estuary Program.

The Morro Bay National Estuary Program was designated a state estuary in 1994 and an "estuary of national significance" in 1995 as a result of a tireless community-based effort to protect this precious resource. Click here to see some historic accomplishments of the program.

You can reach the Estuary Program office by phone at 805.772.3834.

Where to find us

The Program office and the Estuary Nature Center are located on the Embarcadero at Marina Street in Morro Bay. Both the office and the nature center are upstairs in the Marina Square building, the street address is 601 Embarcadero,
Suite 11.

601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay From the South (San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, etc)
Take Highway 1 North to Morro Bay. Exit at Morro Bay Boulevard and follow Morro Bay Boulevard through downtown Morro Bay. Turn left onto Main Street and then right onto Marina Street. We are at the bottom of Marina Street on the Embarcadero.

From the North (Cayucos, etc)
Take Highway 1 South to Morro Bay. Exit on Main Street and turn right at the base of the exit ramp (onto Main Street traveling south). Take Main Street into downtown and turn right onto Marina Street. We are at the bottom of Marina Street on the Embarcadero.

Our Structure

The Estuary Program has supplied me with data and visual aids that allow us to understand exactly what  is going on around the bay and watershed.  At Morro Bay Oyster Company, we use the routine plankton observations made by the Estuary Program to protect our customers by ensuring that there are no harmful biotoxins present in Morro Bay.  The water quality data collected in the watershed is vital for alerting us to any possible sources of harmful pollution.

Neal Maloney
Morro Bay Oyster Company