Cyanobacterium bloom at Blackburn Point Park.

Warm Temperatures Bring Cyanobacteria Blooms to Sarasota Bay

July 3, 2019

It’s hard not to notice some strange stuff surfacing in many areas around our bays this summer. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Algae Bloom Monitoring and Response team identified Lyngbya majuscula, a type of cyanobacterium, in many bays between Anna Maria Island and Venice in May and June. Many of those blooms are still…

Continue Reading
group of people posing for photo

SBEP Grants $31,176 to 13 Projects for Environmental Restoration and Education

July 3, 2019

SBEP Bay Partners Grants support local, Bay-related environmental restoration and education projects. This year, SBEP received 20 grant applications with a total request of $52,989 for the 2019-2020 Bay Partners Grants Cycle. The SBEP Policy Board approved funding for 13 projects with a total award of $31,176. Applications for 2020 Bay Partners Grants are due on March…

Continue Reading
Boy underwater in snorkel mask

Join us at the Seagrass Survey – Saturday, June 15th

May 31, 2019

Join SBEP and Sarasota County for the 5th Annual Sarasota County Seagrass Survey and Festival at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on June 15th from 8am – 2pm. The Seagrass Survey is a FREE, citizen-science event that encourages community members to explore beautiful and mysterious seagrass habitats while increasing awareness of the economic, environmental, and aesthetic…

Continue Reading
group of volunteers posing at the camp

January 26: Whitaker Bayou Healthy Communities and Waterways

January 3, 2019

Join the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, the Multicultural Health Institute, Orange Blossom Community Garden, the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Around the Bend Nature Tours, WayneAdventures, and Ringling College of Art + Design for a day of improving environmental and community health. A paddle and land cleanup of Whitaker Bayou and Dr. Martin Luther King,…

Continue Reading
Group of Volunteers pose for photo

Apply now for a 2019 Sarasota Bay Partners Grant

January 2, 2019

Grants support community stewardship of Sarasota Bay The Sarasota Bay Partners Grants Program promotes environmental education, awareness, community involvement, and stewardship to improve the overall quality of Sarasota Bay and its tributaries. To support these goals, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program funds local projects that focus on Habitat Restoration and Bay-Related Environmental Education and Stewardship. Since…

Continue Reading
Two Kayaks on Jewfish Key January 2018

2018-2019 Bay Wise Kayak Tours

October 26, 2018

Thanks for joining us for ten years of Bay Wise Kayak Tours! The mission of the Bay Wise Kayak Tours program is to introduce people to unique perspectives of Sarasota Bay and to encourage stewardship and understanding of the Bay’s natural resources. This year, we’re excited to sponsor several new trips to different Bay hotspots…

Continue Reading
Phillippi Estate Park Credit Visit Sarasota

Volunteers needed! Phillippi Estate Park cleanup October 20, 2018

October 17, 2018

Join us for a volunteer workday in Phillippi Estate Park on Saturday, October 20 from 9am to noon. Volunteers will help pick up trash and remove invasive plants from the park, which sits near the mouth of Phillippi Creek. Kayakers, canoers, and paddleboarders are welcome to bring their craft and launch from the park to…

Continue Reading
Florida Native Plant Society flyer for Plant Sale 2018

Fall Wildflower Festival and Native Plant Sale | October 13, 2018

October 5, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold their 18th Annual Fall Wildflower Festival & Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 13th at Sweet Bay Nursery located at 10824 Erie Road in Parrish.   Plants to be included in the sale include a large selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers for use in any garden. There…

Continue Reading
Stormwater Pollution Graphic Drawing showing stormwater pollution sources

8 ways to reduce personal nutrient pollution

August 17, 2018

With red tide impacting life along the shores of Sarasota Bay, it’s crucial to know what each of us can do to be more Florida-Friendly. Here’s a list of 8 things you can do to reduce personal nitrogen pollution: 1) Be Floridian – Fertilize responsibly. Fertilizer containing can contribute excess nitrogen pollution to local waterways when…

Continue Reading
Solar Panel image

Solar-Water Connection

July 16, 2018

Integrating solar energy into your life not only helps reduce the amount of fossil fuels you use, but it also saves water. Energy-related water use accounts for 40% of total annual freshwater withdrawals and 10% of freshwater consumption in the U.S. (Grubert, 2018). Although these numbers include hydroelectric power plants, which use water and return it,…

Continue Reading
Recreational Boating Sailboat At Sunset

Take the Sarasota Bay Opinion Poll

June 29, 2018

  We need your feedback! Take a quick poll about Sarasota Bay We’re crafting a new plan to better engage citizens in keeping Sarasota Bay healthy. Your input will help us create a strategy for public education and outreach on issues like water quality and wildlife habitat in Sarasota Bay. This strategy is part of an…

Continue Reading
Deep Cover Artificial Reef

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

May 3, 2018

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
Noctiluca Scintillans Photo Credit Wikimedia Commons

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

May 3, 2018

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
2018 Seagrass Survey flyer

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

April 16, 2018

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
Cover Image of Dolphin saying Embracing our Future

New Report: Climate Vulnerability Assessment of CCMP

January 23, 2018

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
Restoriing Our Bays Video Still

New Video! Preparing Sarasota Bay for Sea Level Rise

January 23, 2018

What challenges does sea level rise pose for restoring and managing Sarasota Bay? SBEP staff and partners appear in a new video about sea level rise impacts on Sarasota Bay. The video is intended for general audiences.

Continue Reading
Certified Florida Yard Sign

2018-2019 Bay Partners Grants Application Now Available

January 3, 2018

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
Snorkelers removing netting from the bay

Bay Guardians Remove 853lbs of Invasive Plants and Marine Debris

November 21, 2017

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
2 people in kayaks on KayakTour

2017-2018 Bay Wise Kayak Tours Season

November 20, 2017

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
Satellite image of a hurricane east of Florida

How Do Hurricanes Impact Estuaries?

October 31, 2017

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