The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and The Key West Wildlife Refuge
Created in 1990, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s purpose is to to protect the region’s fragile, unique ecosystem. Surrounding the islands of the Florida Keys, the Sanctuary covers 2,900 square nautical miles of waters. It stretches from south of Miami down to the Dry Tortugas and includes parts of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. As soon as you dip a toe into the waters of the Florida Keys, you are in the Sanctuary.