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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, former 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)530-1001

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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.

Join the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Team!

We are currently accepting applications for an Environmental Intern. You will gain valuable hands-on experience in natural resource management working on the 11,000 acres of submerged lands that make up the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve (EBAP). The intern will assist in conducting a variety of resource monitoring programs including wading and diving bird nest counts, seagrass surveys, water quality monitoring, and oyster mapping and monitoring. Much of your time will be spent on the water however assistance with office projects will be required.

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Last updated: July 28, 2015

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