And much of the credit for these abundances goes to our two aquatic preserves
There are some restrictions, such as if the property is part of an aquatic preserve
or manatee sanctuary (seeflwaterfront.com/environmentalpermits.htm).
Not a state park per se, but Southeast Florida's Indian River Aquatic Preserve
has great opportunities for boat camping.
This huge unit is over 14,000 acres bordered on the west by the Econfina River and on the south by the Big Bend Aquatic Preserve
which includes approximately 7 miles of coastal marsh.
This encompasses the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve
. On the fringe of this lush pristine habitat sits the 25-year-old FWC Stock Enhancement Research Facility at Port Manatee.
The Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve
encompasses over 900,000 acres, and is the largest aquatic preserve
South and east of Fort Desoto lies another prime flats fishery, located in Manatee County in the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve
. The channel marker leading east into the mouth of Terra Ceia Bay (27-32.718'N, 82-38.477'W) is situated at the mouth of Tampa Bay and adjacent to Joe Bay, Miguel Bay, the Manatee River, the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Sound and close to Sarasota Bay.
The concept is that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will require local governments to create expansive No Motor Zones anytime a permit is pulled to dredge or re-dredge any channel in an "aquatic preserve
" (sea grass).
Lewis presented "Florida's Environment, Water Policy and the 2009 Legislature." Fumero presented "Legal and Practical Aspects of Challenging Environmental Agency Decisions Under State and Federal Law." Deady presented "Energy and Climate Change: Growth Management and Environmental Policy Ramifications." Lewis presented on a panel titled "Special Permit Considerations for Sovereign Lands, Aquatic Preserves
, Outstanding Florida Waters." Hennessy presented on the panels discussing "DEP Regulatory and Policy Update" and "Extreme Environmental People Skills." Jackson presented on a panel titled "Coastal Construction Permitting."
Seagrasses tend to lie dormant during the winter, but with the approach of the 2013 summer growing season, Florida Sportsman Editor Jeff Weakley--himself an avid IRL angler--spoke with Brian Sharpe, Aquatic Preserves
Manager, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
, to get an update on research.
Nestled amongst two aquatic preserves
, Boca Ciega Bay and Pinellas County Aquatic Preserves
, it's part of the flats of Mullet Key and Fort Desoto in south Pinellas County.