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"All it takes is a look underwater to understand why these two aquatic preserves are located in Florida's most densely-urbanized county. The abundant, diverse aquatic resources must have been a key attraction to early settlers."

Randy Runnels, Aquatic Preserve Manager


Pinellas County


350,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Randy Runnels, Manager
Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves
130 77th Street East
Terra Ceia, FL 34250

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Mangrove shoreline
  • The preserves include nearshore habitats along sandy beaches and mangrove dominated shorelines.
  • Submerged habitats include oyster bars, seagrass beds, coral communities and springfed caves.
  • Abundant islands, including those formed from dredge spoil material, are also part of the preserve.
  • Approximately 1/3 of Florida's coral species can be found in the Pinellas County Aquatic Preserve.

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Last updated: June 07, 2017

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