- Florida's coasts and ocean are an important part of a $65 billion tourism industry. 1
- Florida's coastal counties contributed more than $561 billion in direct revenue to Florida's economy in
2006. This accounted for more than 75% of Florida's GDP that year. 2
- Recreational fishing activity injected more than $4.5 billion into Florida communities in the form of retail
sales, employment compensation and business earnings in 2006. 2
- 43% of the federally listed threatened or endangered species rely
directly or indirectly on wetlands for their survival. (USFWS)
- More than 70% of commercially important fish and shellfish species are
dependent on estuaries
- Types of habitat that are protected within the protected areas
include salt marsh,
coral reefs, tidal flats,
mangrove forests, spring-fed rivers, freshwater marshes and many
- The world class beaches and coral reefs which reflect Florida's
"way of life" draw 29 million tourists annually.
- 623,693 visitors to CAMA managed areas in '08-'09.
- Aquatic Preserves - Established by state statute, these are
submerged lands of exceptional beauty which are to be maintained in
their natural or existing conditions for future generations. The
first AP was established in Estero Bay in 1966. In 1975 the Florida
Aquatic Preserve Act was passed and the existing preserves were
brought under a standard set of management criteria.
- National Estuarine Research Reserves - These are areas of
estuarine waters and adjacent coastal uplands that have been
designated by joint action of the state and federal governments and
- National Marine Sanctuary – The Florida Keys
National Marine Sanctuary covers 2.3 million acres of state and
federal submerged lands. Management of the sanctuary is in
partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Coral Reef Conservation Program - This program coordinates research, monitoring,
and response to coral reef injuries, develops management strategies, and promotes partnerships and stakeholder
participation to advance protection of Florida’s reefs. Through its role in supporting Florida's membership on
the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and the U.S. All Islands Committee, the Coral Reef Conservation Program leads
the implementation of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative and
other local action strategies to protect the northern extension of the Florida Reef Tract (offshore Miami-Dade
through Martin counties).
- Staff activities are augmented through numerous partnerships
with local, state and federal agencies, community groups and
research institutions. Community volunteers contributed 40,896 hours
in '07-'08 and 36,871 in '08-'09.
1 Visit Florida
2 Florida's Ocean and Coastal
Students learn about the inhabitants of the estuary by looking in a seine net
Volunteers restoring mangrove habitat through replanting
Water quality sampling