Creating Habitat for Juvenile Gag Grouper With Sarasota Bay Artificial Reef Enhancements

Creating Habitat for Juvenile Gag Grouper With Sarasota Bay Artificial Reef Enhancements

Sarasota and Manatee Counties have excellent artificial reef programs that offer boaters, anglers and divers a bounty of recreational opportunities. And while many sportsmen take to the numerous offshore reefs to pursue these activities, a lesser known array of artificial reefs inside Sarasota Bay, in addition to providing these same opportunities, is quietly pursuing another, … Continue Reading

Sea Sparkles in Sarasota Bay Spark Student Curiosity at New College of Florida

Sea Sparkles in Sarasota Bay Spark Student Curiosity at New College of Florida

Emily Anne King is a New College of Florida student who is completing an internship with SBEP this semester for the course “Writing for Nonprofits.” A classmate approaches me, dripping and breathless, “Have you seen the bioluminescence at the Bay yet?” It’s that time of year again. My classmate is referring to the seasonal bloom… Continue Reading

Join Us! 4th Annual Sarasota Bay Seagrass Survey and Festival

Join Us! 4th Annual Sarasota Bay Seagrass Survey and Festival

The 4th Annual Sarasota Bay Seagrass Survey and Festival is a free family-friendly celebration of Sarasota Bay. Join Sarasota County and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program from 11:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday, May 5 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236), just a quick walk from Mote Marine Laboratory on… Continue Reading

New Report: Climate Vulnerability Assessment of CCMP

New Report: Climate Vulnerability Assessment of CCMP

How could sea level rise, ocean acidification, and rising air and water temperatures impact water quality and wildlife habitat in the Sarasota Bay watershed? A new report, managed by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and authored by Shafer Consulting, aims to use scientific projections of climate change to predict potential impacts on community goals for… Continue Reading

2018-2019 Bay Partners Grants Application Now Available

2018-2019 Bay Partners Grants Application Now Available

Applications for 2018-2019 Sarasota Bay Partners Grants are now available for organizations seeking funding for restoration and education projects that will benefit Sarasota Bay. Visit the Apply for a Grant page on our website for more information and links to the application. Applications are due at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 1, 2018 and applicants… Continue Reading

Bay Guardians Remove 853lbs of Invasive Plants and Marine Debris

Bay Guardians Remove 853lbs of Invasive Plants and Marine Debris

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s volunteer group, the Bay Guardians, put in a tremendous effort to remove trash and invasive plants from Quick Point Nature Preserve and the surrounding bay on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Forty volunteers from the community, including a youth group from Temple Emanu-El and three local SCUBA divers, donned work gloves or… Continue Reading

2017-2018 Bay Wise Kayak Tours Season

2017-2018 Bay Wise Kayak Tours Season

Celebrating 10 Years of Bay Wise Kayak Tours Register for 2017-2018 Bay Wise Kayak Tours We believe that the best way to learn about Sarasota Bay is to experience it first-hand. That’s why we’ve been offering free educational kayak tours of Sarasota Bay since 2007. Going into our tenth year of Bay Wise Kayak Tours, we’re grateful… Continue Reading

How Do Hurricanes Impact Estuaries?

How Do Hurricanes Impact Estuaries?

Hurricanes and large storm events can bring extreme change and devastation to coastal habitats, like estuaries. Although damage varies greatly depending on the characteristics of the storm, below are some common ways estuaries are impacted: Estuary – A partly enclosed coastal body of water in which river water is mixed with seawater. More Water Hurricanes bring a lot… Continue Reading

Bay Guardians Volunteer Season is Here!

Bay Guardians Volunteer Season is Here!

Get ready to kick off a new season of Bay restoration! This year, we will be hosting family-friendly cleanups and restoration opportunities on and off the water. New dates will be added as we identify restoration and cleanup needs. Registration links will be added about one month before each workday. If you would like to be notified via… Continue Reading

EPA Scientists Help SBEP With Tidal Creek Nutrient Study

EPA Scientists Help SBEP With Tidal Creek Nutrient Study

U.S. EPA scientists setting up equipment for measuring dissolved oxygen in South Creek. During the week of July 10th, a team of scientists from the EPA Region 4 Science and Ecosystem Support Division in Athens, Georgia came to Sarasota to assist with the SBEP’s continued study of tidal creek water quality. Southwest Florida’s tidal creeks… Continue Reading

Grassy Point Preserve Boardwalk Complete

Grassy Point Preserve Boardwalk Complete

The newly constructed boardwalk at Grassy Point Preserve on Anna Maria Sound in Holmes Beach is now open to the public for low-impact recreation. The walking trail through the 34-acre preserve takes visitors through upland habitat with native plants such as sea oxeye daisy, seaside goldenrod, and buttonwood before meandering through mangrove wetlands on a… Continue Reading

Working Toward a Climate-Ready Estuary

Working Toward a Climate-Ready Estuary

SBEP’s Climate Vulnerability Assessment The SBEP is working to understand how climate change could affect future watershed management by identifying potential risks to our goals of conserving water quality and habitat in the Sarasota Bay watershed. Within the vast scope of climate change impacts, we will specifically consider four stressors likely to occur in the… Continue Reading

Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department’s Annual Photography Challenge!

Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department’s Annual Photography Challenge!

Manatee County’s preserves offer visitors many wonderful opportunities to capture spectacular photographs and we would like to showcase these images during our annual Photography Challenge. Anyone that is interested in sharing their photos may submit up to ten (10) digitized entries for consideration in the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department’s 3rd annual Photography… Continue Reading

Softening Shorelines at Bayfront Park

Softening Shorelines at Bayfront Park

Did you know that over 80% of Sarasota Bay’s shorelines are hardened? Seawalls make living close to and enjoying the Bay easy and convenient. However, they have unintended consequences for wildlife and storm resilience because they eliminate the habitat and buffering functions of natural, vegetated shorelines. Softening some of Sarasota Bay’s more protected shorelines by… Continue Reading

2017 Bay Partners Grants Applications Due March 3

2017 Bay Partners Grants Applications Due March 3

SBEP funds environmental education and habitat restoration projects to improve the quality of Sarasota Bay. Application materials for this year’s Bay Partners Grants are now available on our website. Businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, academic institutions, government agencies, civic associations, religious organizations, and neighborhood/homeowners’ associations located in Sarasota and Manatee counties with projects that will benefit… Continue Reading

Project Solicitation for Southwest Florida Regional Ecosystem Restoration Plan

The SBEP is soliciting proposals for restoration projects in the Sarasota Bay watershed to update the Southwest Florida Regional Ecosystem Restoration Plan. Eligible projects include those proposed by local and state governments, NGOs, and academic institutions within the geographic areas of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Please forward this announcement and documents linked below to any eligible… Continue Reading

SBEP receives $288,000 for tidal creek study

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program was recently awarded a second Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Wetland Program Development Grant to continue their work on southwest Florida tidal creeks. Dr. Jay Leverone, SBEP staff scientist, will be leading this collaborative effort, which includes both Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor Estuary Programs as well as staff… Continue Reading

SBEP to Deploy New Artificial Reef Habitat Modules in Sarasota Bay

SBEP to Deploy New Artificial Reef Habitat Modules in Sarasota Bay

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) will deploy new reef modules on three existing artificial reefs in Sarasota Bay during the week of September 12, 2016. The three reefs, Bayshore North, Bayshore South and White Key, are managed by Manatee County Natural Resources. Reef Innovations of Sarasota constructed the reef modules and will oversee their… Continue Reading

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is dedicated to restoring the area's greatest natural asset - Sarasota Bay. We offer special thanks to our partners: Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Water Management District.