The Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot spans from Apalachicola Bay to Ten Thousand Islands.
"Pictured is a map of our Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot with one of the reasons it is so special identified in coral.
The area consists of elevated limestone now covered with quartz-rich sand forming the barrier islands. The underlying bedrock topography defines the orientation of the barrier islands further to the north (Caladesi, Honeymoon, and Anclote), which are situated on a submerged rock ridge.
These offshore rocky hard bottoms support an extensive living benthic community which includes the sponges for the Greek sponge diving industry of Tarpon Springs.
The Northern Boundary of the Hope Spot contains oyster habitats that are in critical need of protection.
The Southern Boundary is the lower point of the large section of Coral Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and unique Hardy Rocky Bottoms. It also includes an area that sustained a significant impact from both red tide and the possibly related contaminated water from Lake Okeechobee.
The Western Boundary was selected to cover the Middle Grounds, EFH and many Blue Holes."
- Blue Green Connections