Mangrove Watching in Tampa Bay Florida

Tampa Bay, located on the southwest Florida coast, has experienced considerable change. it is one of the ten largest ports in the nation. Over the past 100 years, Tampa Bay has lost over 44 percent of its coastal wetlands acreage; this includes both mangroves and salt marshes.” Florida Department of Environmental Protection

“Florida's largest open-water estuary (Tampa Bay) harbors a rich and diverse assemblage of plants and animals, along with a rapidly growing human population that has made the region the second largest metropolitan area in the state.” Tampa Bay Estuary Program

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1   Link   A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia
Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage & Arts has several initiatives supporting mangrove and tidal wetland conservation and management.
A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia, 2001 produced by Environment Australia.
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2   Link   WetlandCare Australia
WetlandCare Australia has a mission to support the community in the protection and repair of Australia's wetlands.
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3   Link   WWF Wetland Watch
WWF Wetland Watch project is aimed at enhancing the sustainable management and conservation of wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain, focusing on high value wetlands on private land.
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4   Link   Australian Wetlands Database
Australian Wetlands Database with Environment Australia
- an important resource for wetland managers
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5   Link   National Wetlands Programme
National Wetlands Programme lead by Land & Water Australia, addresses seven key areas of concern.
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6   Link   Trin Wiki
TRIN WIKI: A resource of mangrove and saltmarsh biodiversity for the Australian region
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7   Link   The Australian Coastal Society
The Australian Coastal Society — a voice for the Australian Coast - dedicated to healthy ecosystems, vibrant communities, and sustainable use of coastal resources.
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8   Link   Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA)
AUSMEPA makes life easier for school teachers who teach curriculum subjects about the marine environment. AUSMEPA provides FREE educational resources to help teachers plan and undertake a unit of work about key marine environmental issues, including climate change and stormwater pollution.

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9   Link   Ocean Whispers
This blog is dedicated to our beautiful oceans, sharing with you our investigation of interesting information related to marine health and associated issues as well as encouraging partnerships to assist marine environmental education and conservation.
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Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure