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The Grand Bay Reserve is one of the most biologically productive estuarine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico region, with an area of approximately 74.5 square km. It supports several rare or endangered plant and animal species, numerous important marine fishery resources, diverse habitat types and archaeological sites
The reserve encompasses coastal bays, expansive saltwater marshes, maritime pine forests, pine savanna and pitcher plant bogs. It supports extensive and productive oyster reefs and seagrass habitats. It also serves as nursery area for many of the Gulf of Mexico's important recreational and commercial marine species, such as shrimp, blue crab, speckled trout and red fish.
Coordinates: 30.41° N 88.53° W
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. 2006. Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Located on the web at: http://www.dmr.state.ms.us/Coastal-Ecology/GBNERR/thereserve.htm
National Estuarine Research Reserve System. 2005. Grand Bay Reserve. Located on the web at: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/GrandBay/welcome.html
Grand Bay Reserve
Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Keywords: NERR, Grand Bay, Mississippi, Salt water marsh, Pine savanna
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