Destin-Fort Walton Beach Coastal Resources
Making life in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, whether you live here, work here, or visit here, more valuable for all.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Coastal Resources is a one-of-a-kind team dedicated to conserving Northwest Florida’s natural beauty, protecting native wildlife, and developing world renowned coastal tourism adventures.
Whether you’re scuba diving one of our latest artificial reefs or wanting to learn more about sea-turtle-friendly lighting on the beach – our staff is here to support tourism in a sustainable and community-first way.
Ready to explore our Artificial Reefs in 3D?
Downloadable GPX and Excel lists and an interactive map for our Artificial Reef program at your fingertips.Explore now
Research and collaboration
Report a Devil Ray sighting to Mote
Our team is collaborating with the Mote Marine Laboratory to study Devil Ray migration in Northwest Florida. Have you seen a Devil Ray? Let us know!Submit now
Emerald Coast Open
Lionfish are an invasive species to our area and our team collaborates to host the Emerald Coast Open Lionfish tournament each year to help eradicate them from our waters.Learn more
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Our team works very closely with FWC to ensure we are complying with all regulations.Find out how
Sea Turtle conservation efforts
Our partnership with the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. center is part of our overall strategy to educate tourists and locals about sea turtle conservation efforts - like using red flashlights on the beach at night!Learn more
Learn more about our area and what we do.