Natural Resources Division

Duette Preserve

 

The Natural Resources Division is responsible for habitat and wildlife management and public access on nearly 30,000 acres of conserved public land. The Marine Section houses the artificial reef, manatee protection, navigational aids and abandoned vessel programs. The division goal is to "conserve and protect" the natural resources in Manatee County utilizing adaptive management and minimal impact public access and utilization.

 

 

Manatee County Preserves

Marine Resources

Artificial Reefs

Artificial Reefs

Manatee County has been involved in reef construction since the late 1960’s and currently has 11 artificial reefs with two more soon to be constructed. The County’s major objectives in constructing artificial reefs are to create an underwater ... read on

Lost or Abandoned Vessels

Lost or Abandoned Vessels

The Marine Resources Program monitors the presence of lost and/or abandoned vessels in Manatee County's waterways. Manatee County Ordinance 05-16 prohibits any person from willfully or intentionally leaving lost or abandoned vessels upon County waters and provides a ... read on

Manatee Protection

Manatee Protection

In order to adequately protect manatees, Manatee County has implemented slow-speed zones in many of our waterways. Signage installed throughout County waters identifies regulated zones that manatees frequent. read on

Boat Ramps

Boat Ramps

Take an interactive tour of Manatee County's boat ramps. View maps, videos, pictures and other information about our facilities. read on

Events and Rentals

Events and Rentals

Manatee County's preserves can host your next group event. From weddings and family reunions to birthday parties and group gatherings, the preserves can provide a unique natural setting for your next special event. Facilities include gazebos, pavilions, campsites, and more. read on Events and Rentals

About Natural Resources Division

About Natural Resources Division

The Natural Resources Division is comprised of two unique sections. The Lands Section is responsible for habitat and wildlife management and public access on nearly 30,000 acres of conserved public land. The Marine Section houses the artificial reef, manatee protection, navigational aids and abandoned vessel programs. The division goal is to "conserve and protect" the natural resources in Manatee County utilizing adaptive management and minimal impact public access and utilization. read on About Natural Resources Division