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  • Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserves (ANERR) is the second largest National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) with 246,766 acres (behind only Kachemak Bay NERR of Alaska).
  • Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive estuarine systems in the Northern hemisphere as a result of the overall good water quality.
  • Apalachicola Bay is a major forage area for such offshore fish species as gag grouper and gray snapper.
  • The area is a major forage area for migratory birds, in particular for trans-gulf migrants in the spring.
  • Ninety percent of Florida's oysters and ten percent of the nation's oysters are harvested in Apalachicola Bay.
  • The Apalachicola River is the only river in Florida which has its origins in the Piedmont and Southern Appalachians.
  • The Apalachicola River basin is one of six biodiversity hotspots in the United States and contains overlapping ranges of species native to the Appalachian mountains and subtropical Florida.
Yellow pitcher plants

Yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) is a carnivorous plant that traps insects in a rolled leaf filled with digestive liquid.

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Last updated: August 01, 2012

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