The fishing industry depends on healthy estuaries to provide essential nursery areas for many commercially important fish and shellfish species. In Apalachacola Bay, Florida, about 60-85% of local residents make their living directly from the fishing industry, most of which is done in National Estuarine Research Reserve waters. Seafood landings from the Apalachicola Reserve are worth $14-$16 million dockside annually. At the consumer level, this represents a $70-$80 million industry. (Photo: Apalachicola NERRS site)

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