Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Unified Reef Map

The Unified Reef Map is a regional map of benthic habitats that occur throughout the Florida reef tract. The Unified Reef Map consists of individual maps and monitoring data provided by our numerous partners. The purpose of the Unified Reef Map is to provide a comprehensive view of habitats from Martin County through the Florida Keys to the Dry Tortugas. The Unified Reef Map supports the larger effort to coordinate scientific research and promote a reef-wide approach for protecting Florida’s reef tract.

For more information: Unified Reef Map User Guide

Maps and Data

Interactive Online Map Viewer at

GIS Data Download (geodatabase)

Web Mapping Service for ArcGIS Users (REST)

FWC Reports

Final Report for the Coordinated Mapping & Monitoring Project

Technical Review: Map Integration Issues in the Florida Reef Tract

Unified Reef Map Metadata (html)

Regional Reports and Metadata

National Park Service: [Project Page] [Biscayne Bay Metadata] [Dry Tortugas Metadata]

Florida Bay FWC: [Metadata]

Hawk Channel FWC: [Metadata]

Keys NOAA: [Metadata] [Report] [NOAA Project Page]

Marquesas FWC: [Metadata] [Report]

Biscayne Bay FWC: [Metadata]

Contact Information

The Unified Reef Map is a living map and will be updated as new data become available. If you have data you would like to add to the Unified Reef Map or have questions about the project please contact the

This project was made possible by the contribution of data and expertise from several partners and with funding from NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Management Program.

FWC Facts:
Along the Florida coast from 1990 to 2011, sea turtles annually made between 51,000 and 93,000 nests.

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