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Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve Project Spotlight

"Ft. Pickens is a rare taste of "old Florida" and its undisturbed natural beauty makes it one of my favorite places to visit on the Gulf Coast."

United States Congressman Jeff Miller

Upland dunes in Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve

Management activities at Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve have resumed through the Ecosystem Restoration Section of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northwest District.

Donor plants

Seagrass Restoration Project

The Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves office was awarded a Prop Scar Restoration grant from NOAA through the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. A small amount of the seagrass, Halodule was transplanted within the preserve in the eastern portion of Big Lagoon, adjacent to the Gulf Island National Seashore. Educational signs consisting of large maps of the area, showing grass flats, restricted areas, and landmarks were made and placed at local boat ramps.

Continuous Water Quality Monitoring

The NWF Aquatic Preserve office worked with the Gulf Islands National Seashore to maintain a water quality monitoring station near the pass at Ft. Pickens. This station constantly recorded temperature, salinity, water clarity, PH, and dissolved oxygen.

 Quick Facts about Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve
Map of Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve


Escambia County


30,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Beth Fugate, Manager
Florida Coastal Office
160 Government Center
Pensacola, FL 32501-5794
(850) 595-0683

USS Massachussetts turret

USS Massachussetts turret

Fishing for redfish

Redfish fishing inside the preserve



View of Fort Pickens from the sea

Fort Pickens

Last updated: September 30, 2014

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