Coral Reef       Seagrass       Mangroves

Although this area is world known for this reef system, other
productive marine communities including seagrass
meadows and mangrove forests occur within the waters of
the Florida Keys.  Seagrass meadows are the most abundant
habitat within the Keys and when combined with those to the
north in the Florida Bay, create the most extensive seagrass
bed in the world. These communities form the marine
ecosystem upon which the fishery and tourism industries of
south Florida are dependent upon.