The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through
implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based
The Tampa Bay Estuary Program was created by Congress in 1991 to assist the community in restoring and
protecting Florida's largest open-water estuary. As a designated "estuary of national significance,"
Tampa Bay is the economic and environmental centerpiece of a rapidly growing region supporting more
than 2.3 million people.
The bay is also home to an impressive variety of animals, from spectacular wading birds to
gentle manatees to prized sportfish like snook and tarpon.
After decades of decline, Tampa Bay has made a remarkable comeback in recent years, with
impressive gains in water quality, seagrass recovery and fish and wildlife populations.
We invite you to explore the bay through our website, learn more about what we do and
join us in working to keep Tampa Bay on the road to recovery!