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Florida GOP governor, legislature create new PA to protect 400,000 acres of marine seagrass beds

The St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve in Crystal River, Florida, safeguards water quality and coastal habitat vital to wildlife and local communities. A new Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, approved today, extends these protections to about 400,000 acres of seagrass meadows off Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties.

Off Florida’s west coast, seagrass beds stretch for miles and for decades have supported a significant part of the regional economy. That’s why the Florida House and Senate passed legislation to protect about 400,000 acres of seagrass—a measure that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law today.

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