Florida’s first aquatic preserve was designated in Estero Bay in 1966. In 1975, the Florida legislature passed the Aquatic Preserve Act, which formally established a Florida Aquatic Preserves Program under the Department of Environmental Protection. This ensured that aquatic preserves' natural condition ... "their aesthetic, biological, and scientific values may endure for the enjoyment of future generations."
Today, Florida has 41 aquatic preserves, encompassing approximately 2.2 million acres. All but four of these "submerged lands of exceptional beauty" are located along Florida's 8,400 miles of coastline in the shallow waters of marshes and estuaries.
Learn more about Florida’s Aquatic Preserves.
Other organizations dedicated to water preservation in the Estero Bay area: