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"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

Nesting sea turtle

Management Plan Development

The St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve Management Planhas just been updated. A draft plan was produced and is available to the public for review and comment.A public meeting was scheduled to receive comments and a subsequent advisory committee meeting was held to discuss the plan and those comments. Revisions have been made to the plan based on those comments. The management plan was presented to the Acquisition and Restoration Council, for review, and approved on February 17, 2017. Then, the management plan was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 11, 2017.


 Quick Facts about St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve
Map of St. Andrews Bay Aquatic Preserve


Bay County


24,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Jon Brucker, Manager
Florida Coastal Office 
108 Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-7723

Shell Island off of Alligator Point

Shell Island off of Alligator Point



Rock jetties help protect the beach

Rock jetties help protect the beach.

Campground in the sand dunes

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 summer.

  • 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.

Last updated: May 30, 2017

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