Florida's Aquatic Preserves
Come visit one of our 41 Aquatic Preserves to experience unique marine ecosystems up close and personal. Aquatic Preserves cover 40% of the state's coastal waters- and four special freshwater sites. Which one is in your backyard? Our Aquatic Preserves offers something for everyone, from fishing, to snorkeling, to paddling, to boating, and much more! Ecotourism involves uniting conservation, community and sustainable travel. Contributing to the conservation of the natural areas and natural resources of the region means minimizing impacts from ecotour activities. Ecotourism operators and users should adhere to “Leave Your Footprints, Take Your Trash” and “Pack In, Pack Out” policies to keep Florida’s Aquatic Preserves pristine. Marine debris is one of the most widespread problems facing the world’s oceans today. In striving to reduce the amount of debris entering our waterways, we ask for your help! As you visit our Aquatic Preserves, please remember to do your part by properly disposing of waste items. Immerse yourself and learn about the wide-ranging natural communities and wildlife of Florida’s Aquatic Preserves today.