Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve
"The Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve exemplifies valuable and diverse collections of
habitat in Monroe County. Unique natural areas of seagrass beds containing hard
bottom with diverse shallow patch reefs that provide life support for a myriad of
George Neugent, Monroe County Commissioner
Enhanced participation in the Seagrass Outreach Partnership (SOP) has allowed
for a greater capacity to educate people about the importance of seagrasses to
the local economy and ecology. The SOP was formed in 1997 and provides
information that helps boaters minimize impacts to the many shallow seagrass
beds in Florida waters.
A strengthened relationship with DEP environmental resource permitting program has
allowed for more streamlined approach when addressing projects within and adjacent
to the aquatic preserve.
Aquatic preserve educational signs have been redesigned and replaced in the
lower Florida Keys. The signs were positioned along fishing bridges and in
highly visible locations near and adjacent to the aquatic preserve to ensure
the information was readily available to visitors.
Partnerships for Protection
Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve is the southernmost aquatic preserve. It is located in the lower
half of the Florida Keys archipelago and lies within the boundaries of the Florida Keys National
Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). Established in 1990, the FKNMS afforded a higher level of
protection through both state and federal management. Due to the increasing threats to each of
the habitats that comprise the sub-tropical ecosystem of the Florida Keys, this state - federal
partnership provides protection to 2,900 square nautical miles surrounding the entire
archipelago of the Florida Keys, including the Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve.
Mangroves along the shoreline
Quick Facts about Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve
4,600 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Joanna Walczak, Environmental Administrator
1277 NE 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 331328
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Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve Management Plan
Christmas worm on a coral
Key deer in mangroves
Conch in seagrass
Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve encompasses 4,600 acres of seagrass meadows, hard
bottom communities, mangrove wetlands and coral patch reefs.
Along the southern boundary of Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve is a near-shore
patch reef community, home to an array of sponges, soft corals, hard corals and
Rare wading birds can often be observed foraging in the shallow waters of the
tropical lagoon and amongst the mangroves.
The endangered Key Deer is a frequent visitor to the mangroves at the Coupon
Bight Aquatic Preserve. The mangrove fringe offers excellent cover for foraging.
Activities within the aquatic preserve include boating, snorkeling, diving, commercial
fishing, marine life collecting, charter sport fishing and recreational fishing
for finfish and lobster.
August 07, 2015
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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