Map of Stranding Area

Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) is responsible through National Marine Fisheries Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife to help with the protection of endangered and protected species by conducting rescue, rehabilitation and release of stranded Sea Turtles and Marine Mammals. GWMI service area (from Ft. Walton Beach to St. Marks Florida) has one of the highest incidence of marine animal  stranding in North America. We also support and implement public information programs that help with the understanding and support of protection of these marine animals in the wild. An important part of our program is to inform locals and visitors to our area the importance of respecting and protecting the habitat of these marine animals, which support so much other sea life. We work with and have a very good relationship with the local and state-wide sea turtle nesting program as well.red and protected species by conducting rescue, rehabilitation and release of stranded Sea Turtles and Marine Mammals. GWMI service area (from Ft. Walton Beach to St. Marks Florida) has one of the highest incidence of marine animal  stranding in North America. We also support and implement public information programs that help with the understanding and support of protection of these marine animals in the wild. An important part of our program is to inform locals and visitors to our area the importance of respecting and protecting the habitat of these marine animals, which support so much other sea life. We work with and have a very good relationship with the local and state-wide sea turtle nesting program as well.

GWMI Coverage Map