Our Mission

Tampa Bay Watch is dedicated to fostering a healthy Tampa Bay watershed through community-driven restoration projects, education programs, and outreach initiatives.



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Discovery Center

Explore our educational space on the St. Pete Pier, featuring interactive exhibits, daily programs, and a touch tank full of animals from the estuary!

Together, we can bring life to the bay.

It takes a community to make lasting change and protect the future of Tampa Bay’s ecosystem.


Volunteer Calendar

Check out all of our upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Become A Member

Are you passionate about protecting our waterways? Take a stand for Tampa Bay’s future.

Our annual events are designed to educate, entertain, and strengthen the community.

Host an unforgettable occasion at our beautiful waterfront event space.

Oyster Reef Balls

Each weighing approximately 200 lbs., the oyster reef balls are constructed with marine-friendly materials. They are strategically placed in areas with high wave energy to combat shoreline erosion. The design of these reef balls includes numerous nooks and crannies, which encourage oyster larvae to attach to both the external and internal surfaces. This approach not only creates a productive and enhanced habitat but also helps to prevent erosion from threatening further habitats along the shoreline.


An oyster reef ball's journey


Tampa Bay Watch volunteers team together to construct ORBs.


ORBs are transported to a staging area near the project site.

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 Staff and volunteers prepare the ORBs for staging at the project site.

Reagan on ORB

Teams of two carry the ORBs down the shoreline to its final destination.

Eric and Pat Mundus

The ORB develops oysters, evolving into a vibrant marine sanctuary.


Keep your eyes peeled for oyster reef balls while exploring the shorelines of Tampa Bay. If you spot them in the wild, capture the moment and use it as an opportunity to educate and inspire others about the importance of protecting our natural habitats.


Leave a Legacy

Join our Legacy Society to help secure the future of Tampa Bay.

As a member, you’ll receive a personalized Legacy Reef Ball installed among our living shorelines, helping ensure a healthy Tampa Bay for generations ahead.

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