VOLUNTEERING AT TAMPA BAY WATCH
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Tampa Bay Watch! They accomplish restoration and protection activities we could never afford hired staff to complete. Youth and adult volunteers are involved each year in a variety of hands-on habitat restoration projects such as oyster dome construction, oyster shell bar installation, salt marsh plantings and coastal cleanups to help the bay recover from its devastating environmental problems. Volunteers of all ages participate in our projects. Our coastal cleanups and salt marsh plantings are family-friendly and open to all ages. If you would like to be kept informed of our numerous volunteer opportunities, complete our online registration so you will receive our weekly email message which advertises our upcoming environmental restoration projects.
Contact Rachel Arndt, communications coordinator, with questions about any of these upcoming events! Call 727-867-8166, extension 233, or Click here to Email Rachel.
If you would like to register a group larger than five volunteers, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Arndt, directly in lieu of registering through the online system.
Our volunteer projects have slowed down due to the summer heat.
Help Clean our Shorelines,
then cool off with a local brew!
Saturday, July 8
9 am - Noon
Calling all volunteers for a mid-summer cleanup on July 8! The most help for the cleanup is needed at the Skyway fishing piers. Other sites include Fort De Soto Park, Tampa Bay Watch, Weedon Island Preserve, kayak/canoes only at Coffee Pot Bayou, Palonis Park in Tampa and Leffis Key in Manatee County. This event is an effort to clean up after the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
This event is in partnership with...
Click on your desired site to register to volunteer:
Fort De Soto Park- We've recruited enough volunteers for this site
Tampa Bay Watch- We've recruited enough volunteers for this site
Coffee Pot Bayou (canoes and kayaks only)
Weedon Island Preserve - We've recruited enough volunteers for this site
for Derelict Crab Trap Removal
Saturday, July 15
9 am - Noon
Event planned during temporary closure of blue and stone crab fishery.
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteer boaters to remove abandoned crab traps from the bay during the temporary closure of blue crab fishery on Saturday, July 15.
In Tampa Bay, it is estimated that there are hundreds of abandoned crab traps that have been accumulating in the water for decades. The temporary closure is a unique opportunity that only happens once every two years. It allows us to go out and remove any trap from the water because during the closed season, all blue and stone crab traps are considered derelict.
Not just anyone can remove a trap. If you are interested in being involved, you must be a part of an organized effort that has been authorized by FWC such as our event on July 15.
We are partnering with ReelCycle who will pick up all of the traps from each location and recycle all of the trap material.
Please let us know if you know of an area where there are a lot of derelict crab traps so we can arrange to take care of them during the closure.
Visit our derelict crab trap removal webpage to read more about the benefits of the program.
Anyone with a boat who is willing to help remove abandoned traps from the waters. Tampa Bay Watch will provide tarps, but your boat will get dirty. A limited number of spots may be available for participants that do not have boats (this will be on a waiting list basis).
Saturday, July 15 from 9am to noon
We are recruiting volunteers for six different locations throughout the bay, so you can choose which location you would prefer to participate. The locations are:
Belleair Causeway boat ramp in Belleair Bluffs
Upper Tampa Bay at Courtney Campbell Causeway boat ramp
Alafia River at Williams Park boat ramp
Cockroach Bay boat ramp
Boca Ciega Bay at Fort De Soto boat ramp
St. Petersburg at Demen’s Landing boat ramp
Coppertail Brewing Company and Cigar City Brewing Company will generously provide beer for our hard-working volunteers beginning at 11:30 am at Tampa Bay Watch.
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