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Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve Project Spotlight

"Very rarely can you be on the water or stand at the water's edge and see a shoreline as protected as Pine Island Sound. It is rimmed with mangroves and other vegetation that protect both the surrounding land and the water within."

Erick Lindblad, Executive Director
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Common loon

Key Accomplishments

Waders looking at the contents of a net

Wading Trips

Each year, 4 wading trips are offered to the general public to "muck about", exploring the near shore treasures of the Aquatic Preserve. Through this unique environmental education and outreach program, citizens of all ages are given a rare opportunity to observe and learn about the local estuarine habitats and its diverse flora and fauna. Dip nets are provided, cast and seine netting are demonstrated, collected "critters" are identified and the role of each treasure within the estuary is discussed. The goal of the wading trips is to broaden residents' and visitors' appreciation and support of our diverse aquatic preserves.

 Quick Facts about Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve
Map of Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve

Location:

Lee County

Acreage

54,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands

Contact:

Heather Stafford
Aquatic Preserve Manager
12301 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33955
941-575-5861

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Further information about Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve

Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves Management Plan

Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish

Lightning whelk and egg casings

Lightning whelk and egg casings

Horseshoe crabs

Horseshoe crabs

Scallop

Scallop

Sunset over Pine Island Sound

Sunset over Pine Island Sound

Last updated: November 21, 2011

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