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Resources of Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics
  • Archaeological Resources

    Early Archaic period (8,000 B.C. - 1,000 B.C.) projectile points were found in spoil material on Shell Island in Little Cockroach Bay. Several sites have been identified in the area, but there are many others that remain undiscovered due to the undisturbed nature of the preserve.
  • Natural Communities

    The submerged lands of the preserve include both hard and soft bottom habitats, seagrass meadows, algal beds and oyster reefs. The shoreline is protected by mangroves and saltmarsh.
Great blue heron and chicks
  • Wildlife

    Two hundred and three species of fish can be found in the Tampa Bay area, including many of commercial importance. The mangrove islands within the preserve are often used by water and shorebirds for nesting sites. There are 13 species designated as endangered, threatened, rare, or of special concern within the aquatic preserve.


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Last updated: November 07, 2016

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