Marine Resources

Regulatory Marker

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The Marine Resources Office manages Boating Improvement Funds that are utilized for a variety of boating and waterway purposes including waterway marker maintenance, derelict vessel removal, vessel sewage pump-out services, and boat ramp repairs. These funds are generated from recreational vessel registration fees and provide an annual budget of approximately $650,000. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducts a yearly audit of these funds to ensure they are properly spent.

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Primary Services

In coordination with other county offices and state and federal agencies, the Marine Resources Office provides the following primary services:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Marine Resources Office is to help protect and conserve the marine environment of the Florida Keys within 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app in a manner consistent with the 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 2030 Comprehensive Plan and to provide for the adequate and appropriate use of the Keys’ marine resources.