Florida’s Seagrasses

Seagrasses are submerged flowering plants native to Florida’s shallow, coastal region. Seagrasses are vital to the development of many coastal organisms, ranging from fish to invertebrates, and help reduce sedimentation by stabilizing ocean bottoms.

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Marine Nursery Grounds and Native Habitats

More than 80 percent of all recreationally and commercially important fish species are dependent on seagrass at some point in their lives. Seagrass improves water quality, traps sediment, provides shelter for many juvenile fish species and provides a food source for other marine life. Avoid damaging seagrass by knowing your boat’s operating depth and by navigating in marked channels. Anchor only in bare, sandy bottoms.

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Reduce your throttle speed Pole your boat to deeper water

 

Destruction of seagrass in aquatic preserves is a violation of Florida Law (Section 253.04(3)(a) F.S.) and carries a penalty of up to $1,000.

Learn more about Florida’s seagrasses
Information on seagrass in Florida waters
More information about aquatic preserves