Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Address:33 East Quay Rd
Key West, FL 33040

Web: floridakeys.noaa.gov
Location:Surrounds the entire archipelago of the Florida Keys, portions of Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Activities:Diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, and swimming.
Special Features:Approximately six miles seaward of the Florida Keys and within sanctuary boundaries is North America's only living coral barrier reef and the third longest barrier reef in the world. Cultural resources are also contained within the sanctuary. The proximity of coral reefs to centuries old shipping routes has resulted in a high concentration of shipwrecks and an abundance of artifacts. Description:Description: The Sanctuary encompasses 3,600 square miles of submerged lands and waters surrounding most of the 1,700 islands that make up the Florida Keys, a 220-mile-long string of islands extending south and west of the Florida mainland. The shoreward boundary of the sanctuary is the mean high-water mark. Common Species: Manatees, sea turtles, whales, American crocodiles, and wood storks. Environmental Issues: Deteriorating water quality, physical damage to coral reefs and sea grass communities, declining health of living coral reefs, and loss of essential marine resources. Habitats: Coral reefs, fringing mangroves and mangrove islands, seagrass meadows, hardbottom regions, patch reefs, and bank reefs. Access: More than 257 private and public recreational sites are available in the Florida Keys. Access points range from boat ramps along US Highway 1, the main road that spans the entire length of the Keys, to large public facilities such as John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (see separate entry in Florida State Parks section).
Year Designated: 1990.

See other parks in Florida.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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In addition to the 150 square mile Tortugas Reserve, which is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Department of Interior plans to close nearly half the adjoining 100 square mile Dry Tortugas National Park to all "consumptive" activities.
Joy Tatgenhorst of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary education department says the reserves are being monitored, but insufficient data is available to assess their effect.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary legislation also directed NOAA to consider ocean area zoning as a management strategy.
"We need to be promoting this type of restoration work," said Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Revised management plan.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Program is the principle authority for marine environmental protection.
* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) are conducting an environmental impact study to establish an ecological reserve near Dry Tortugas National Park.
And just as there are personal watercraft buzzing around sea lions' homes at the Gulf of the Farallones, a 1,255-square-mile marine sanctuary 30 miles from San Francisco, there are fish enthusiasts collecting jet-black and brilliant-yellow angelfish from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (of course, there is a limit--75 angelfish per person per day).
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary encompasses North America's most extensive living coral reef.
That's the impetus behind the new Blue Star Fishing Guides program affiliated with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Captain Will Benson, a flats guide in Key West, nurtured the Blue Star initiative toward a formal presentation before the Keys Sanctuary in January 2018.
Five miles off Sum merland Key, human intervention is well under way in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. At the stern of the research vessel Lady Lynne, Mote staff scientists Erich Bartels and Cory Walter pulled on wetsuits and stuffed the pockets of their dive vests with toothbrushes, putty knives, cattle ear tags and other supplies on a cool, cloudy morning.

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