First phase of FISH Preserve complete
The first phase of a large-scale restoration project at FISH Preserve in Manatee County has been completed. The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) Preserve is a 95-acre parcel adjacent to Sarasota Bay within the Village of Cortez. FISH is a non-profit organization that purchased the property in 1999 to help restore, conserve and protect the upland and wetland habitats and adjacent waters.
The first phase of restoration focused on an 18-acre parcel within the preserve and involved exotic vegetation removal, creation of a tidal wetland and mangrove restoration. Two bridges were also constructed to connect hiking trails.
Construction plans for the remainder of the preserve include additional removal of exotic plants, creating kayak trails and converting two stormwater retention ponds into more natural wetland features.