Withlacoochee Bay: Its wading bird rookeries, bald eagle nesting and feeding areas and fisheries would suffer from the bottom of the food chain up.
Honeymoon Island: The oil would play havoc with its oyster and clam beds, polluting the water through which they filter their food. Honeymoon Island also has areas where shore birds and sea turtles nest and where migratory birds rest.
Cockroach Bay: Susceptible to damage by oil are its extensive mangrove, marsh, oyster bars, tidal flats, Audubon sanctuary, sea grass restoration area and wading bird habitat.
Fort De Soto / Mullet Key: It has beaches, sea turtle nesting, habitat for shorebirds, wading birds, migratory bird resting area, mangrove and marsh habitat, tidal flats, sea grass. The sea grass and mangroves are particularly vulnerable to oil's effects.
Story by Craig Pittman. Graphics by Don Morris. Also contributing: Suzette Moyer and Darla Cameron.
Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Geographic Response Plan; NOAA