Slide Show Narrative: The Florida Keys are home to the
most extensive living coral reef in the United States. For centuries,
the beauty and climate of this region have attracted explorers,
settlers, and tourists. However, with this steady stream of people
came damage to the regions reefs, seagrass beds, water quality
and fisheries. A groundswell of public sentiment to protect the
Keys culminated in 1990, when Congress designated 2800 square
nautical miles of offshore waters as a national marine sanctuary.
Marine zoning and permanent mooring buoys are some of the management
practices at work in the Keys, to restore, protect, and preserve
the areas fragile ecosystems and diverse aquatic life.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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