The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission provides information in the management of fish and wildlife resources for their long term well being and the benefit of residents and visitors to the state. The FWC website offers visitors a wide range of information regarding education, conservation, research, wildlife, boating, fishing, hunting, and licenses and permits. For more information, visit www.myfwc.com.
The Marathon Veterinary Hospital is the Florida Key’s largest and best equipped animal hospital. It is a recognized teaching hospital with a staff of wonderful physicians and technicians committed to the care and rehabilitation of animals. Our consulting veterinarian, Dr. Doug Mader is on staff at the Marathon Veterinary Hospital. In addition to the Key West Aquarium, the Marathon Veterinary Hospital provides medical care to the Turtle Hospital.
The Turtle Hospital is a Florida Keys institution dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured sea turtles. Since 1986, the Turtle Hospital has rescued and cared for hundreds of injured sea turtles, with the mission to return them to their natural habitat. Through its educational programs the Turtle Hospital works with schools and groups with its outreach. The Turtle Hospital also works with colleges and universities providing them valuable research and aid in their studies of sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital is also active in environmental legislation to make our waters and beaches safe for sea turtles.
The Turtle Hospital is located in Marathon at Mile Marker 48.5 Bayside, and offers guided tours of their facility to the public every day of the week.
Reef Relief has been preserving and protecting the living coral reef ecosystems of the Florida Keys since 1987 starting with the installation of mooring buoys in Key West. Since then, Reef Relief has increased the public’s awareness of the importance of the coral reefs in our delicate ecosystem. Reef Relief has been a leader in eco tourism as part of sustainable community development. For more information, visit www.reefrelief.org.
The Florida Attractions Association promotes and advances the interests of the attraction industry and are the conduit that enables our diverse membership to achieve a greater level of excellence. For more information, visit www.floridaattractions.org.