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online nautical charts. Jump to the bottom of this page for tips and information on how to get free nautical charts.
|What is Obstn Fish Haven on a nautical chart?
Fish havens are artificial shelters or reefs constructed of rocks, concrete, car bodies, and other debris and put on the sea floor to attract fish. Fish havens are often found in the vicinity of fishing ports or major coastal inlets and are usually considered hazards to navigation. Generally these area's are great fishing spots.
Boaters you should use a GPS and have area nautical charts onboard, especially if you are not familiar with the local waters. Staying within nautical markers is encouraged to protect both wildlife and our waterways, and to keep you from getting lost in the back waters.
The waters on the Gulf of Mexico, The Keys, and inshore waterways can be shallow, so knowing your depth is very important to avoid grounding. Frequently check the depth reference on your chart and watch the color of the water—the darker the water appears the deeper it is. Always keep in mind charts are not always up to date due to our shifting substrate. The coastal waters of the Gulf and The Keys have little structure, so the sandy substrate is constantly shifted around. Sandbars change locations often—an area could be 4 feet deep this month and sandbar or island the next month. It is also very easy to get lost in the 10,000 Islands or the mangrove islands in and around Florida, so use your charts!
The Boating and Angling Guides by FWC are a great resources consisting of area waterway maps and includeinformation on speed zones, marinas and public access boat ramps, and seagrass and mangrove locations. Get your Guide at the Florida Fish & Wildlife website or pick one up locally. You can also get local charts in bait shops or help support our website and purchase one here.
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