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   Wildlife Preservation Societ - Bayside Branch
Bayside branch encompasses the Redland Shire including the bay islands and the southern Brisbane suburbs of Wynnum and Manly but is also involved in issues on a state level. In an area that is still rich in wildlife, has remnant rainforest, bushland, unique wetlands and Moreton Bay on its doorstep, the Branch strives to protect the varied but vulnerable flora and fauna for future generations.
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2   Link   Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld
With volunteer support, MangroveWatch is establishing survey teams to monitor a range of mangrove communities from Bramble Bay to Victoria Point.
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3   Link   SeagrassWatch Moreton Bay
Seagrass-Watch is the largest scientific, non-destructive, seagrass assessment and monitoring program in the world.
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4   Link   Port of Brisbane
PBPL continues its close association with environmental groups and initiatives including the Queensland Wildlife Preservation Society’s Seagrass Watch and Mangrove Watch.
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5   Link   SEQ Catchments
SEQ Catchments have supported community based seagrass and mangrove monitoring programs throughout South East Queensland (SEQ) and encourage potential volunteers to join their local program.
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6   Link   Ocean Watch Australia
OceanWatch Australia Ltd is a national not-for-profit environmental company that works to advance sustainability in the Australian seafood industry. OceanWatch key activities involve:

enhancing fish habitats and improving water quality in estuaries and coastal environments;
working with industry and local communities to minimise environmental impacts;
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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