Morro Bay serves as an important resting and foraging ground for migratory birds using the Pacific Flyway. Large and diverse invertebrate populations inhabit the mudflats of the Bay; fish use the Bay as a nursery ground and dense meadows of eelgrass support a highly productive environment.
Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area (SMRMA) and Morro Bay State Marine Reserve (SMR)
marine protected areas
that provide protection for Morro Bay Estuary on California’s central coast. The two marine protected areas together encompass 3.31 square miles (8.6 km
). Within the SMRMA fishing and take of all living marine resources is prohibited except that north of latitude 35° 19.70’ N the recreational take of finfish and aquaculture of oysters, pursuant to a valid State water bottom lease and permit, is permitted. And recreational hunting of waterfowl is allowed unless otherwise restricted by hunting regulations. The SMR protects all marine life within its boundaries. Fishing and take of all living marine resources is prohibited.
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