Dive into California’s Underwater Parks!
Explore California’s Underwater Parks without getting your feet wet through a new online tour! The California Google MPA Tour features detailed descriptions of each of the state marine protected areas, National Marine Sanctuaries, and National Estuaries, with stunning photos and videos, and links to local “things to do” for your enjoyment and ease of vacation planning.
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.
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.
Passed by the California State Legislature in 1999, the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) required the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to redesign its system of marine protected areas (MPAs) to increase its coherence and effectiveness at protecting the state’s marine life, habitats, and ecosystems. For the purposes of MPA planning, a public-private partnership commonly referred to as the MLPA Initiative was established, and the state was split into five distinct regions (four coastal and the San Francisco Bay), each of which had its own MPA planning process. All four coastal regions have completed these individual planning processes. As a result, the coastal portion of California’s MPA network is now in effect statewide.