Andrews Aquatic Preserve
"St. Andrews Bay is one of the most highly diverse estuaries in America, with
over 2,900 species. On any given day, you can find almost anything in the clear
waters of St. Andrews Bay. It is also one of the most fragile coastal estuaries
that needs our continued protection."
Mike Brim, Executive Director
St. Andrews Bay Environmental Science Team
Management Plan Development
The St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve Management Plan is
was produced and is available to the public
for review and comment. A public meeting
will be held to present the plan to the public and receive
comments specific to the plan. Following the public meeting, the advisory
committee will meet to discuss the comments received at
the public meetings and possible revisions to the plan.
- Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Gulf Coast State College
Gibson Lecture Hall,
Student Union E, Room 231
West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Written comments are welcome and can be submitted by mail to
108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328
or by email to
FloridaCoasts@dep.state.fl.us by Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Quick Facts about St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve
24,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Jon Brucker, Manager
Florida Coastal Office
108 Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Shell Island off of Alligator Point
Rock jetties help protect the beach.
Campground in the sand dunes
Relatively clear water is one of the characteristic features of St.
Andrews Aquatic Preserve. Several factors contribute to the bay's
clarity, such as its spring-fed tributaries, low amounts of silty clay
in the local soils and the filtering effect of the marshes and seagrasses.
The rock jetties at the entrance to the bay are inhabited by a myriad
of tropical species of fish and invertebrates. Semi-tropical fish species
such as cocoa damsels, angelfishes, parrotfishes, spadefishes, and
butterfly fishes are frequently observed during the warmer months of
The sea grass beds that are dominant on the back of Shell Island within
the aquatic preserve have a diverse assemblage of fish populations including
mullet, pinfish, needlefish, mojarra, seahorses, pipefish, blennies and
gobies as well as the young of many commercially and
recreationally important species.
June 07, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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