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Weeks Bay Reserve, Fairhope

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Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a national network of coastal reserves established as living laboratories for long-term scientific research and estuarine education. The Reserve is a cooperative partnership between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Lands Division and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Weeks Bay ecosystem contains many freshwater and marine fish and invertebrate species. Collectively, these species support large commercial and recreational fishing industries. Weeks Bay is especially a critical nursery for shrimp, bay anchovy, blue crab and multitudes of other fish, crustaceans and shellfish. The Reserve lands also include upland and bottomland hardwood forests, freshwater marsh, submerged aquatic vegetation, and unique bog habitats. Many of these areas are especially important to the large number of trans-Gulf migratory birds as a resting and feeding area. Reserves, such as Weeks Bay, play an important part in preserving these precious coastal environments and natural resources.
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  • Looking for something to do? This is a great place to spend a couple hours. Short boardwalk provides tour of river marsh and woodland. Tower at the end of boardwalk has a great view of Weeks Bay. Natu...  more »
  • Weeks Bay is simply awesome! The reserve area adjacent to Fish River offers many free activities including fishing (from the bank or pier), hiking and educational activities. I highly recommend Weeks ...  more »
  • We have two kids, ages 6 and 3, we were looking for something fun but also educational for them to do. Weeks Bay Reserve was perfect. My kids learned about the importance of an Estuary as well as the ...  more »

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