Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Spring 2010


Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the system and protects an array of natural and cultural resources. Specifically, the waters contain shipwrecks from different countries ranging several time periods. Part of the Offshore Reefs Archeological District lies within park boundaries and protects the largest concentration of historic shipwrecks found in south Florida. With growing interest in cultural resource protection and stewardship, Biscayne National Park plans to open a Maritime Heritage Trail including six shipwrecks, which will complement the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Heritage Trail ( resources/shipwreck_trail/welcome.html) and the eleven state underwater archeological preserves created by Florida since 1986 ( To comply with federal regulations, the Park instituted an environmental assessment to evaluate the proposed mooring buoy and marker system. A section within the assessment establishes criteria for site inclusion on the Maritime Heritage Trail and alternative management strategies. In addition, the Park will provide educational aides to visitors, including underwater dive cards, tri-folds, and site histories. This report will discuss the three phases of the Maritime Heritage Trail project and offers comparative analysis and recommendations.


Department: MAF

Location: Biscayne National Park (Homestead, FL)

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