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Lignumvitae Key Aquatic Preserve

Lignumvitae Key Aquatic Preserve is one of the southernmost aquatic preserves. It is located in the lower half of the Florida Keys archipelago and lies within the boundaries of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Established in 1990, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary affords a higher level of protection through both state and federal management. Facing the increasing threats to each of the habitats that comprise the subtropical ecosystem of the Florida Keys, this state-federal partnership provides protection to 2,900 square nautical miles surrounding the entire archipelago of the Florida Keys, including the Lignumvitae Key Aquatic Preserve. The Florida Park Service handles much of the site management of the aquatic preserve as part of the Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, which overlaps most of the aquatic preserve.

Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve

Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve is the southernmost aquatic preserve. It is located in the lower half of the Florida Keys archipelago and lies within the boundaries of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). Established in 1990, the FKNMS afforded a higher level of protection through both state and federal management. Facing increasing threats to each of the habitats that comprise the sub-tropical ecosystem of the Florida Keys, this state-federal partnership provides protection to 2,900 square nautical miles surrounding the entire archipelago of the Florida Keys, including the Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve.

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