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    Cleanup rescheduled from 9/23 to 10/7
    Saturday, October 7, 9am – noon

    Tampa Bay Watch in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, is recruiting volunteers for a land-and sea-based cleanup on Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at five sites around Tampa Bay.

    Additionally we are partnering up with the Ocean Conservancy for their International Coastal Cleanup, in hopes of compiling debris data and joining hands to think globally but act locally.

    The majority of the volunteers are needed on land to clean the shorelines, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own kayak or canoe to participate in the water based cleanup at any of the sites. Links to register for all the sites are below. We need the most help at the Skyway.

    North Skyway Fishing Pier, Palonis Park, Tampa Bay Watch, & Coffee Pot Bayou
    Skip the gym and install domes with us!
    Ocober 17-20, 9am – 3pm

    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes at Fantasy Island. This is a heavy project since oyster domes weigh over 150 pounds each. We’ll have a crane to upload the domes to the barge to be placed on the shoreline, but we’ll need help moving the domes in the water from the barge to the shoreline.

    We will meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old.

    The project is 9am – 3pm on each day and lunch will be provided. If you can’t stay for the full day, we could use your help in the morning or the afternoon.

    Click on a date below to register as a volunteer:

    Tuesday, October 17, Wednesday, October 18, Thursday, October 19, or Friday, October 20
    Boaters needed for Bird Nesting Island Cleanup
    Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, October 8

    The 24th Annual Monofilament Cleanup, sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon Florida supported by Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, will take place throughout the week of Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, October 8. We are recruiting volunteers with boats to independently remove tangled fishing line from mangroves and shorelines of Tampa Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands.

    We still need boats all around the bay and especially in the Anclote Key/Honeymoon Island area. Kayaks are only needed in northern Pinellas County or Hillsborough County.

    Each year, thousands of feet of fishing line become entangled on Tampa Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands and shorelines and pose a fatal hazard to birds and other wildlife. This cleanup event helps to reduce the threat of entanglement while recycling the fishing line. The monofilament cleanup is scheduled during the fall only, outside of the main colonial waterbird nesting season for this part of Florida. It is important for the public to understand that entering the colony islands at other times of the year may impact nesting birds, inadvertently causing injury and/or death of the chicks. Last year’s cleanup resulted in 13,000 feet of fishing line being removed from 36 different coastal nesting sites around Tampa Bay.

    Click here to register your boat!
    Native Planting to restore Apollo Beach Nature Preserve
    Saturday, October 14, 9am – noon

    Volunteers are needed to plant salt marsh and seashore paspalum which will provide further stabilization and prevent future erosion threats of Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. The preserve implemented wave break structures a few years ago to correct erosion issues, and the new plants will contribute to the success of the project now that the sediment has accumulated.

    The project is 9am – noon and we’ll meet at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve 6760 Surfside Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. This project is family-friendly and open to all ages.

    Click here to register.
    Help restore Fantasy Island!
    Oyster shell project on the mornings of October 4, 5, & 6
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Fantasy Island. The project involves shoveling fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old. Click here to read more about the project and to see a video of a past oyster shell bar installation.

    We will meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect. Click on the following date to register as a volunteer.

    Wednesday, October 4, Thursday, October 5, & Friday, October 6.
    Build oyster domes for Tampa Bay
    Weekday mornings in September

    We are recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place on specified weekday mornings from 9 am until noon. The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old.

    The project involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem. Learn more about the oyster dome program here.

    Click on the following dates to register for the project: Monday, September 25, & Wednesday, September 27.

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