The Florida Keys is an island chain surrounded by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Opens a New Window. . The Florida Keys' waters are protected by state and federal laws and regulations as well as County and municipal codes.
Monroe County's Marine Resources Office works to protect the marine environment, provide public water access, and provide and maintain maritime infrastructure.
In support of these objectives, the Marine Resources Office maintains a Keys-side system of aids to navigation and boating regulatory zones designed to both assist boaters and protect valuable shallow-water resources.
Monroe County does not regulate fishing. This is done through state and federal agencies.
In coordination with other county offices and state and federal agencies, the Marine Resources Office provides the following primary services:
The mission of the Marine Resources Office is to help protect and conserve the marine environment of the Florida Keys within Monroe County in a manner consistent with the Monroe County 2030 Comprehensive Plan and to provide for the adequate and appropriate use of the Keys' marine resources.