|Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve
"Because of its pristine condition, Cockroach Bay has become established as Tampa
Bay's premier estuarine outdoor classroom for generations of students of all ages."
Randy Runnels, Aquatic Preserve Manager
4,800 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Randy Runnels, Manager
Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves
130 77th Street East
Terra Ceia, FL 34250
The name "Cockroach Bay" may have originated with early explorers who observed
numerous horseshoe crabs in the area.
This is the only aquatic preserve in Florida in which the submerged land of the
preserve is not state-owned. The submerged lands are owned by Hillsborough
The aquatic preserve includes two paddling trails that wind through mangrove labyrinths.
Numerous mangrove islands provide nursery areas for snook, red drum, and other
Submerged habitats include seagrass beds, hardbottom, and oyster reefs.
Archaeological sites indicate the importance of this area to pre-Columbian
Management Plan Update
The Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve Management Plan is being updated.
A draft plan was produced and made available to the public for review
and comment, and has subsequently been revised. Next, the plan waspresented to the
Acquisition and Restoration Council, and approved on February 17,
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March 14, 2017
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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