Florida’s principal fishing ports are Pensacola and Apalachicola on the Gulf Coast, Fernandina Beach and New Smyrna Beach on the Atlantic coast, and Key West. Pink shrimp, which is landed mainly from Tampa to Key West, is the most valuable seafood in the south. White and brown shrimp are landed in Apalachicola Bay. Other fish and shellfish caught commercially include lobster, red snapper, grouper, king and Spanish mackerel, black mullet, weakfish, and blue and stone crab. In addition, there are oyster beds in Apalachicola Bay. Florida is also the principal U.S. source of sponges, but overfishing and the onset of a sponge disease in the 1940s greatly reduced Florida’s sponge output.
Sport fishing is popular in Florida. It is an important tourist lure and an important source of income in many communities. Game fish abound in the state’s inshore and offshore waters. Lake Okeechobee, the chief fresh water fishing area, is noted for black bass. The Florida Keys are known for a variety of oceanic fish species including tarpon, marlin, snapper, and grouper.
Forests cover 47 percent of Florida’s total land area. The state’s pine forests were noted in earlier centuries as a source of lumber and of pitch and tar, called naval stores, and in the 19th century they were greatly depleted. However, new forests were planted on much of the cutover land. Lumbering activities in the state have greatly expanded since the 1940s. "Florida" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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