Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Habitat Mapping

Through the use of GIS technology, the Center for Spatial Analysis provides habitat layers for use in analyses that are intended to assist marine, freshwater, and terrestrial related research, management and conservation efforts, law enforcement issues, and a host of other management and conservation objectives.



Florida System for Classification of Habitats in Estuarine and Marine Environments (SCHEME)

With Gulf of Mexico Program support, FWRI has worked on reviewing habitat-classification systems used within Florida and throughout the world in an attempt to recommend one system as a State of Florida standard.

Florida Benthic Habitat Atlas

The Benthic Habitats of the Florida Keys atlas represents the culmination of a six-year federal and state effort to map the distribution and types of benthic habitats within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.


FWC Facts:
Manatees are found throughout rivers, springs and shallow coastal waters of Florida and nearby states. They have been seen as far west as Texas and as far north as Virginia.

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