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
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
Karen Bohnsack, Manager
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail State Park
Key Largo, FL 33037
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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.
December 08, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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