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St. Joseph Bay
St. Joseph Bay is a small embayment which lies just west of Apalachicola, Florida. The bay is partially isolated from the Gulf of Mexico by St. Joseph Peninsula/Spit, which extends from Cape San Blas in the south to St. Joseph Point in the north. It is the only body of water in the eastern Gulf of Mexico not influenced by the inflow of fresh water.
St. Joseph Bay has been designated as an Aquatic Preserve in Florida. The bay is characterized by extensive seagrass beds and salt marshes which provide nursery and forage grounds for fishes, migratory birds and other invertebrate species. The bay is home to hawks from much of the North American continent.
Coordinates: 29.80° N 85.36° W
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Florida DEP). Located on the web at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/apalachicola/stjosepha/info.htm
USFW. 1982. Gulf Coast Ecological Inventory Map; Apalachicola, FL area. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife - St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Department of Environmental Protection - T.H. Stone Memorial-St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Florida Department of Environmental Protection - St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve
Florida Department of Environmental Protection - St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve
Keywords: Bay, Seagrass, Salt marsh, Nursery
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