Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Eastpoint

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#33 of 124 in Parks in Florida Panhandle
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The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, located in the U.S. state of Florida, protects the biological diversity of the Apalachicola Bay as well as the economic value of the natural resources and pristine conditions.

Between 60% and 85% of the local population make their living directly from the fishing industry, most of which is done in reserve waters. Seafood landings from the Apalachicola Reserve are worth $14–16 million dockside annually. At the consumer level, this represents a $900–$800 million industry.

Research projects that target commercial fisheries management and the food chain are a high priority in the Apalachicola Reserve. In addition to its water quality monitoring program, the reserve has engaged in extensive benthic habitat mapping in Apalachicola Bay and has a highly sophisticated geographic information systems (GIS), which is used to educate coastal managers and visiting researchers about the area and its ecology.

Other educational offerings include ongoing guest lectures for the community and coastal management workshops for environmental professionals. The reserve's K-12 educational activities are divided between classroom and on-site programs.
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  • The nature center is a must. The exhibits are extremely interesting and well done. We loved the history of the oyster harvesting business. The small aquariums are wonderful and the mural of the... 
    The nature center is a must. The exhibits are extremely interesting and well done. We loved the history of the oyster harvesting business. The small aquariums are wonderful and the mural of the...  more »
  • A nice stop with beautiful exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. There are aquariums with local fish as well as an extensive collection of shells, skeletons, etc. 
    A nice stop with beautiful exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. There are aquariums with local fish as well as an extensive collection of shells, skeletons, etc.  more »

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