Our Marine Environment

Monroe County (the Florida Keys) is unique among the state’s 67 counties because of the wide variety of marine biodiversity and the unique ecosystem. That includes the world’s third-largest barrier reef, which provides habitat for coral, fish and other marine life. As such, there are numerous regulations in place to protect the resources, and violations of regulations could result in citations being issued or charges being filed.


The Monroe County State Attorney’s Office has no tolerance for those who would violate marine regulations and takes resource violations seriously. The Keys’ marine resources are a central part of residents’ way of life, the chain of islands’ economy and other surrounding ecosystems.

The State Attorney’s Office invites you to enjoy our community while respecting and protecting our environmental resources.