Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge
|Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Manatee County, Florida, United States|
|Nearest city||Anna Maria, Florida|
|Area||64 acres (260,000 m2)|
|Governing body||US Fish & Wildlife Service|
|Website||Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge|
The Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, located offshore from St. Petersburg. The 64-acre (260,000 m2) refuge was established in 1905. It is one of the three 'Tampa Bay Refuges', and is administered as a part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex. It is closed to the public.
The Passage Key Wilderness Area is part of the refuge, and consists of 36.37 acres (or 56.9%) of its total area. It was established in 1970, to protect native birds and serve as a breeding ground for them.
Passage Key has suffered substantial shoaling in recent years, and is currently reduced to a small sandbar approximately 100 yards (91 m) long at high tide.