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  • #415256
    Neil Taylor
    Neil Taylor
    Keymaster

    3/2/2017

    Pitch in for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup!
    Saturday, March 18 from 9am – noon
    Article ImageTampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful & Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 18 from 9am-noon. This event is family-friendly and open to all ages. The majority of the volunteers are needed on land, but you are welcome to bring a canoe or kayak.

    Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program taking place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 2.8 million volunteers across the country. Tampa Bay Watch sees the cleanup as an important way to help clean up human-generated trash in the park as well as marine debris that floats onto the shorelines from Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

    Click on a site below to register today!
    Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers, Fort De Soto Park, Tampa Bay Watch, Weedon Island Preserve, Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Pete for kayakers only, Palonis Park in Tampa, & Coquina Bayside in Manatee County.

    We also need one small support boat, like a skiff, to aid kayakers at the Coffee Pot site. Click here to email Rachel if you can volunteer your boat.

    Safety Harbor Planting was a great success!
    Thank you to our 200+ volunteers who made it happen
    Article ImageOn Saturday, February 25, Tampa Bay Watch coordinated over 200 volunteers in partnership with Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the City of Safety Harbor, to plant 25,000 upland and wetland plants to restore the shoreline of Safety Harbor Waterfront Park. The Florida Aquarium donated red mangroves and Carlouel Yacht Club donated cordgrass. These plants will act as a nutrient buffer, aid in erosion control, and provide sanctuary for wildlife. We appreciate all of the hard-working volunteers who helped out!

    Join our Mono Clean-A-Thon!
    Saturday, March 4 from 9am – noon
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to participate in our Mono-Clean-A-Thon by cleaning “mono” or fishing line on Saturday, March 4 from 9am – noon at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. Cleaning line involves sorting through it to remove debris and cutting out hooks and lures. Our goal is clean 50 miles of line which will sent to Berkeley Fishing to be recycled into fishing equipment or fish habitats. Click here to read more about our monofilament recycling program.
    Click here to register as a volunteer for the project!
    https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.463384871

    Help install an oyster shell bar
    March & April dates
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on March 9 & 23 and April 6 & 7 from 9am – noon on each day.

    The project involves shoveling fossilized shell 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.

    It is an effort to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. Click here to read more about the project and/or watch a video of a past oyster shell project.​​

    The meeting location for the March dates is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The meeting location for the April dates is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St.,Tampa, ​FL 33605. ​The park is in Hillsborough County near Ikea of Tampa.

    Click on date to register for this project: Thursday, March 9, Thursday, March 23, April 6, April 7 & April 8.

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    ntaylor
    ntaylor
    Keymaster

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  • #416659
    Neil Taylor
    Neil Taylor
    Keymaster

    Help install an oyster shell bar
    March & April dates

    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on March 23 & 24 and April 6 & 7 from 9am – noon on each day.

    The project involves shoveling fossilized shell 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.

    It is an effort to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. Click here to read more about the project and/or watch a video of a past oyster shell project.​​

    The meeting location for the March dates is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The meeting location for the April dates is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St.,Tampa, ​FL 33605. ​The park is in Hillsborough County near Ikea of Tampa.

    Click on date to register for this project: Thursday, March 23, Friday, March 24, April 6, April 7, April 8 & April 20.
    Adopt a Monotube!
    Help keep fishing line out of Tampa Bay
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    Help us keep discarded monofilament (fishing line) out of Tampa Bay! Discarded fishing line can be very dangerous to birds, marine life, and even boats – it is estimated fishing line will last 400-600 years in the environment before it begins to break down. You can help by adopting a monofilament recycling tube, AKA monotube, at one of these popular fishing locations listed below. Adoption involves monitoring your tube twice a month depending on the location. Once collected, the fishing line is sent to Berkley Fishing, where it is recycled into tackle boxes or other fishing equipment, as well as fish habitats!

    Sites that need monitoring:
    Pinellas county: Belleair Beach boat ramp, North Skyway Fishing Pier, Clam Bayou, Maximo Park & Courtney Campbell

    Hillsborough county: Ballast Point Pier & Little Harbor

    Pasco County: Bayfront Park, Waterfront Park, Brasher Park, Oelsner Park, Nicks Park, Sims Park Boat Ramp, Mariners Way, Anclote River Park, Gulf Harbors &
    Sea Forest

    Click here to check out our map to see if a location is convenient for you!

    Click here to contact Melinda Spall at mspall@tampabaywatch.org with the site that you’d like to adopt.
    Completion of Fantasy Island Planting
    March 2 & 3
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    We recently completed a native vegetation planting at Fantasy Island in Hillsborough Bay. Tampa Bay Watch partnered up with Port Tampa Bay and the Florida Aquarium and the planting began back in October 2016. Funding provided by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Mini-Grant facilitated the planting of 6,000 native, multipurpose species. Fantasy Island is a biologically diverse island, and planting native vegetation is just one of the ways we incorporate a comprehensive “living shoreline”, a more natural and beneficial way to armor the shoreline. The vegetation will aid in stabilizing the quickly eroding shoreline, provide invaluable habitat and food source for wildlife, improved water quality, along with extra shade and camouflage for nesting birds. Thank you to our hard-working volunteers who made it possible!
    Help still needed for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup at Skyway, Manatee County & Tampa Bay Watch sites!
    Saturday, March 18 from 9am – noon

    Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful & Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 18 from 9am-noon. This event is family-friendly and open to all ages. The majority of the volunteers are needed on land, but you are welcome to bring a canoe or kayak.

    Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program taking place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 2.8 million volunteers across the country. Tampa Bay Watch sees the cleanup as an important way to help clean up human-generated trash in the park as well as marine debris that floats onto the shorelines from Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

    Click on a site below to register today!
    Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers, Tampa Bay Watch, & Coquina Bayside in Manatee County. We’ve already recruited enough volunteers for Fort De Soto Park, Weedon Island, Palonis Park & Coffee Pot Bayou.

    We also need one small support boat, like a skiff, to aid kayakers at the Coffee Pot site. Click here to email Rachel if you can volunteer your boat.
    Thank you to our oyster volunteers!
    March 9, 10 & 11
    Article ImageThank you to our 131 hard-working volunteers who contributed to our oyster project on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! They shoveled 30 TONS of fossilized shell to create 2,400 square feet of new reef to restore Fantasy and 2D islands. The goal of the project is to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shorelines and improve water quality through natural biological filtration.

  • #416677
    Neil Taylor
    Neil Taylor
    Keymaster

    Helping hands needed for Oyster Shell Project to restore 2D Island
    Join us for a day on the bay to restore habitat & have fun while doing it!

    Dates:
    The oyster shell project is from 9am – 12pm on Thursday, March 23 & Friday, March 24.

    Goal:
    This project is an effort to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of 2D Island’s shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration.

    Location:
    The project meeting location is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 9425 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.

    Questions:
    Contact Rachel at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org or (727) 867-8166 x233.
    Project description:
    The project involves shoveling fossilized shell 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.
    Registration:
    Click on date to register for the project: Thursday, March 23 & Friday, March 24. The project is from 9am – noon on each day.
    More Information:
    ​Go to
    http://www.tampabaywatch.org/oyster-shell-bars.html to read more about the project and to see a video from a past oyster shell project.​

  • #416684
    ntaylor
    ntaylor
    Keymaster

    New oyster dome construction dates
    Tuesday, March 28 & Thursday, March 30
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    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 date to register for this project: Tuesday, March 28 & Thursday, March 30
    Adopt a Monotube!
    Help keep fishing line out of Tampa Bay
    Article Image
    Help us keep discarded monofilament (fishing line) out of Tampa Bay! Discarded fishing line can be very dangerous to birds, marine life, and even boats – it is estimated fishing line will last 400-600 years in the environment before it begins to break down. You can help by adopting a monofilament recycling tube, AKA monotube, at one of these popular fishing locations listed below. Adoption involves monitoring your tube twice a month depending on the location. Once collected, the fishing line is sent to Berkley Fishing, where it is recycled into tackle boxes or other fishing equipment, as well as fish habitats!

    Sites that need monitoring:
    Pinellas county: Courtney Campbell, Crisp Park, Grandview Boat Ramp, Coquina Key Bridges, Park Blvd Boat Ramp, Johns Pass
    Jungle Prada, Taylor Park, Tom Stuart Cswy Bridge, & Walsingham Park

    Hillsborough county: Oldsmar, Williams Park, Riverview Park Boat Ramp, Gandy Boat Ramp, Picnic Island Boat Ramp, & MacDill AFB

    Pasco county: Bayfront Park, Waterfront Park, Brasher Park, Oelsner Park, Nicks Park, Sims Park Boat Ramp, Mariners Way, Anclote River Park, Gulf Harbors & Sea Forest

    Click here to check out our map to see if a location is convenient for you!

    Click here to contact Melinda Spall at mspall@tampabaywatch.org with the site that you’d like to adopt.
    Help install an oyster shell bar
    March & April dates

    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on March 24 and April 6 & 7 from 9am – noon on each day.

    The project involves shoveling fossilized shell 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.

    It is an effort to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. Click here to read more about the project and/or watch a video of a past oyster shell project.​​

    The meeting location for March 24 is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The meeting location for the April dates is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St.,Tampa, ​FL 33605. ​The park is in Hillsborough County near Ikea of Tampa.

    Click on date to register for this project: Friday, March 24, April 6, April 7, April 8 & April 20.
    Saturday’s cleanup was a success!
    Over 400 volunteers registered for the project
    Article ImageThank you to our volunteers who participated at seven sites throughout Tampa Bay on Saturday, March 18! They made a huge impact to the cleanliness of our community in just one morning! We’re still waiting on totals from a few sites, but we collected 761.5 pounds of trash at the Skyway, 200 pounds at Fort De Soto Park and 250 at Tampa Bay Watch. A special thanks to Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Manatee​ County Parks and Natural Resources Department for their support of the event.

    Click here to see a short video taken by our volunteers cleaning up Shell Key Preserve.

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