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Welcome to Apalachee Bay
The Pensacola Bay system spans two counties, Escambia and Santa Rosa, and encompasses 144 square miles of surface water. Popular for sport and recreation, the Pensacola Bay system also supports one of the world’s most productive natural systems. Estuaries like Pensacola Bay, where saltwater from the sea and freshwater from rivers and uplands mix, are nurseries for young fish, shrimp, and crabs. More than 70% of all fish, shellfish, and crustaceans spend some critical stage of their development in these nearshore waters, protected from larger predators that swim the open sea.

Wildlife abounds along the shores of the Pensacola Bay System. Many species of birds, from the familiar brown pelican to the breathtaking bald eagle, nest in this area. Others, including sandpipers and numerous species of ducks are seasonal visitors.

By boating safely, and with greater awareness of the natural environment, boaters can help protect Pensacola Bay and the wildlife that depends on these waters for survival. By knowing and obeying some simple rules, you can help to sustain and preserve this natural system.

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This Web site was last updated on March, 2012.

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