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Florida Coastal Management Program

A view from the shoreline at St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve

The Florida Coastal Management Program is based on a network of agencies implementing 24 statutes that protect and enhance the state's natural, cultural and economic coastal resources.

The program's goal is to coordinate local, state and federal agency activities using existing laws to ensure that Florida's coast is as valuable to future generations as it is today. 

FCMP Spotlight

Florida Coastal Management Program Releases New Guidance for Marine Debris Removal

The Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP) has made available a new guide that provides operational Best Management Practices (BMP) for marine debris removal to minimize adverse environmental impacts. The Florida Marine Debris Removal Guidance document provides general guidance, specific BMPs for debris removal in sensitive habitats and  near protected wildlife, specific debris removal techniques and a regulatory consideration matrix.  An online interactive map is provided to help identify sensitive habitats, managed wildlife areas, and protected species locations.

The guide was developed, utilizing federal Coastal Zone Management Act funding, to aid contractors, local citizens and governments in the removal of marine debris and advance marine debris planning for Florida.

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