Sarasota Bay is an estuary where freshwater from creeks and rivers mixes with salt water from the Gulf of Mexico. Our sheltered bay provides nurseries and habitats for thousands of species of wildlife. Located on Florida's fast-growing southwest coast, Sarasota Bay is also the center of a community of more than a half-million people.

Wildlife and humans depend on estuaries for different reasons. The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's goals are to balance these uses and identify opportunities to retain natural functions as our community continues to grow and change.

Habitat Restoration
Water Quality Enhancement
Public Stewardship

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.