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Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve What's New

"Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is an extremely productive estuary supporting a diverse array of marine life that enhances Lee County's intricate and unique ecosystem."

Ray Judah, Lee County Commissioner

Location:

Southwest Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico in Lee County between Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers Beach

Acreage

11,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands

Contact:

Cheryl Clark
Aquatic Preserve Manager
700-1 Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239)463-3240

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Credits

  • Florida's first Aquatic Preserve, designated in 1966.
     
  • Shallow estuary fed by five minor freshwater tributaries, but influenced more by tidal action.
     
  • Contains strong currents near passes with areas of slow waters in between where bird rookeries can be found.
     
  • Diverse habitats include seagrass beds, mangrove islands, salt marshes, tidal flats and oyster bars.
     
  • Designated as Outstanding Florida Waters because of exceptional ecological significance.
     
  • Includes many historic and archaeological sites such as those on Mound Key, some of which are submerged.

The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Management Plan is being updated. A draft plan has been produced and made available to the public for review.

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Last updated: November 27, 2013

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