Palma Sola Bay is a small embayment in West Bradenton opening into Anna Maria Sound. Cortez, a community where commercial fishing has long been an important economic activity, is southwest of the Bay, and Manatee County's Robinson Preserve is to the north. Sea turtles often nest on the west side of the Bay near Anna Maria Sound, which also provides habitat for manatees, dolphins, wading birds, fish and other wildlife.
Bay Conditions Reports give a quick assessment of the water quality in a bay during a particular year by examining three important indicators of nutrient pollution: chlorophyll a, nitrogen and phosphorus.
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