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   Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands
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2   Link   Mangrove Action Project
Mangrove Action Project is dedicated to reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems worldwide.
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3   Link   World Conservation Monitoring Centre
World Conservation Monitoring Centre
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4   Link   International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems
International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME) have a comprehensive Global Mangrove database and information system, and the latest news on the new ‘World Atlas of Mangroves’
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5   Link   Mangroves for the Future
Mangroves for the Future is a unique partner-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development
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6   Link   Wetlands International
Wetlands International is a global organisation that works to sustain and restore wetlands and their resources for people and biodiversity.
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7   Link   Mangrove Web Sites
A selection of useful web sites dealing with mangrove ecosystems and other tropical wetlands are listed below from the University of Newcastle UK.
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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