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Sarasota Bay

Photo credits: Copyright March, 2001 ANEP
From: ANEP, 2003

The Sarasota Bay is located on the southwestern coast of Florida, spreading across two counties, Manatee and Sarasota. The bay is characterized by stretches of barrier islands such as Siesta Key and Longboat Key.

Sarasota Bay is a small, subtropical estuary currently classified as an outstanding Florida water body and an estuary of national significance. The region is home to a wide variety of marine life, including dolphins, manatees, black mullet, red drum, spotted seatrout, snook, blue crab, stone crab and bait shrimp, as well as loggerhead turtles.

Sarasota Bay

Coordinates:   27.33° N  82.55° W

Selected Characteristics: (USEPA, 1999)
Surface Area:   114 km2
Drainage Area:   800 km2
Average Daily FW Inflow:   11 m3/s
Average Depth:   2.0 m
Average Salinity:   30 ppt
Coastal Wetlands:   12 km2
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation:  36 km2

Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP). Located on the web at:

USEPA. 1999. Ecological condition of estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico. EPA 620-R-98-004. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Gulf Ecology Division, Gulf Breeze, Florida. 80 pp.

Additional Information:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program)
Sarasota Bay - National Estuary Program
Association of National Estuary Programs - Sarasota Bay Estuary

Keywords:   Sarasota Bay, Manatee, Turtle, Barrier islands, Crab, Fish, Dolphin

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