The Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves encompass five aquatic preserves and protect more than 180,000 acres, set aside so that their aesthetic, biologic and scientific values endure for the enjoyment of future generations.
Aquatic preserves staff and volunteers routinely monitor water quality and natural resources in the bay, such as seagrasses and nesting birds; provide educational materials, scientific data and provide outreach presentations upon request; and work with the Friends of Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves to conduct water quality monitoring and other aspects of management. Eco-ventures, including snorkeling and nature boat tours, are offered to provide hands-on experiences in the aquatic preserves.
Click the links below to learn more about each aquatic preserve in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve complex:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.