"Alligator Harbor is one of the world's largest feeding grounds for the Kemp's ridley
which is the rarest and most endangered of all marine turtles. The area's abundance
of blue crabs, jellyfish, shellfish and sea grass provide an important food source
for all sea turtles. The unspoiled waters and beaches are valuable breeding and
nesting grounds for marine sea turtles. Alligator Harbor, in addition to being a
valuable natural resource, is also archaeologically rich with several Miccosukee /
Seminole Indian artifacts and burial mounds surrounding the harbor."
Bill Wargo, Coordinator, Alligator Point Sea Turtle Patrol
14,184 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Jon Brucker, Manager
Florida Coastal Office
108 Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Alligator Harbor supports a variety of commercial and recreational species
of fish and invertebrates.
Valuable habitat includes seagrass meadows, salt marshes, oyster bars, and
A major forage area for migratory birds, in particular for trans-gulf
migrants in the fall and spring
Clam aquaculture sites were established in 2002 and are producing a very
valuable product for Florida's economy.
Migratory species include piping plovers, semipalmated plovers, least terns,
peregrine falcons and a variety of hawks.
Local species include American oystercatchers, black skimmers, snowy plovers,
royal terns and brown pelicans.
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Management Plan Development
The Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve Management Plan is being updated. A draft plan was produced, and is now available to the public for review and comment. A public meeting is being held to receive comments and a subsequent advisory committee meeting will be held to discuss the plan and those comments. Written comments are welcome, and can be submitted by mail to Jon Brucker, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328, or by email to
FloridaCoasts@dep.state.fl.us on or before August 29, 2017.
Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve Management Plan