The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Office
of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) oversees the management of Florida's 41
Aquatic Preserves, three National Estuarine Research Reserves (Reserves), one National
Marine Sanctuary and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. These protected areas
comprise more than 4 million acres of the most valuable submerged lands and select
coastal uplands in Florida. With public input, CAMA successfully developed a
(pdf - 4.29 MB) that provides the statewide perspective
to our Aquatic Preserve Program.
CAMA is now updating
site specific management plans for its Aquatic Preserves
Sites will be holding public scoping meetings to receive input on the draft plans. These scoping
meetings will assist in crafting the content for site management plans. The objectives of the
public scoping meetings are to:
Inform the public about the history, purpose and scope of management plan
Solicit public input regarding issues and opportunities that should be
addressed in the management plan.
Using this information as a guide, a management plan is developed with the additional
assistance of an advisory committee made up of stakeholders.