Collier County is globally known for its extraordinary number of pristine waterways. Our major water landmarks include Rookery Bay, Gordon River, Naples Bay, Wiggins and Gordon Pass, Big Cypress, Marco Island, Keewaydin Island, and 10,000 Islands. The waterways surrounding these landmarks are home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the state of Florida. Rookery Bay, for example, contains a massive mangrove forest that is home to many endangered animals from the loggerhead turtle to the Golden Eagle. And the waters off Marco Island support a breeding ground for sharks, stingrays, and dolphins. Big Cypress is a national park consisting of over 700,000 acres of protected swamp land and seasonal wetlands essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades and supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast.
Bill D'Antuono is a well-known Dive Master and OUPV Captain in the area. In 2012, Bill began the Naples Spearfishing League as an added effort to bring awareness and promote the eradication of the Lionfish in Naples, Fl. He is responsible for procuring the bill which lifted the ban on spearfishing in Collier County waters, an effort to help decimate the harmful and invasive Lionfish species that has begun encroaching on the western coast of Florida. Since then, a yearly Lionfish tournament is held by the Naples Spearfishing League and Collier County Waterkeeper to raise awareness and bring fisherman throughout Collier County (and beyond) together for a good cause.Years of experience on the Collier County waterways and enthusiasm for its welfare has fatefully guided him to his position as the Collier County Waterkeeper, beginning in 2015. Bill aims to use this opportunity to ensure the Waterkeeper Alliance's main goal: swimmable, drinkable, fishable water throughout Collier County and beyond.
501 Goodlette Frank Rd 100D suite 21
Naples, Florida 34102