Tampa Bay Watch is an environment-focused nonprofit devoted to education, protection and restoration of our beloved Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Watch has been making its mark on our local environment for 25 years. Located in Tierra Verde, beachgoers pass this establishment on their way to Fort Desoto Park, often as its leaders and volunteers are hard at work to protect and improve the nature surrounding us. A small group of environmentalists and educators has grown into a developed, well-known organization making vast impacts on the Tampa Bay estuary system. Tampa Bay Watch will also be a major part of the New St. Pete Pier – where they’ll develop an education program to teach students about marine life, conservation and restoration.
Tampa Bay Watch
Number of Employees
19 and thousands of volunteers
Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve and restore Tampa Bay’s local saltwater habitats. Encouraging members of the community to become volunteers and join in their efforts, the organization promotes environmental education and active participation in the maintenance of our beautiful Bay. Through projects such as Estuaries Week Cleanup, the Annual Fishing Line Cleanup and Oyster Dome Construction, Tampa Bay Watch has made, and continues to make, vast improvements on the estuary system. Tampa Bay Watch brings everyone together to build a healthy environment, both now and for the years to come.
Awards & Accolades
The organization holds the Seal of Transparency 2017 Platinum Guide Star. Organization president Peter Clark received the Outstanding Environmentalist of the Year award from the Florida Marine Research Institute Environmental Excellence Awards program in 1994, and the NOAA Fisheries / American Fisheries Society Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award in 2005.
Core values/mission statement
Tampa Bay Watch is working to preserve the delicate ecological balance that exists in Tampa Bay. A nonprofit organization established in 1993, Tampa Bay Watch performs a variety of habitat restoration and protection activities throughout the year, utilizing thousands of volunteers to help the bay recover from its environmental problems. Individuals of all ages from community groups, scout troops, schools and others participate in salt marsh plantings, storm drain markings, oyster bar creation, coastal cleanups and wildlife protection each year, demonstrating environmental stewardship in its purest form. The efforts of Tampa Bay Watch, to restore and protect the bay's habitat through stewardship and community awareness, provide effective long term improvements to the bay, and empower our community with the knowledge to counteract our environmental problems. Learning how to achieve and maintain a healthy environment is a legacy that will touch our children and their children for years to come.