Mangrove Watching in Tampa Bay Florida

Tampa Bay, located on the southwest Florida coast, has experienced considerable change. it is one of the ten largest ports in the nation. Over the past 100 years, Tampa Bay has lost over 44 percent of its coastal wetlands acreage; this includes both mangroves and salt marshes.” Florida Department of Environmental Protection

“Florida's largest open-water estuary (Tampa Bay) harbors a rich and diverse assemblage of plants and animals, along with a rapidly growing human population that has made the region the second largest metropolitan area in the state.” Tampa Bay Estuary Program

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:02 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 21 May 2013 18:43

Solo Shoreline Video Assessment

Surveying mangroves solo from a motorised kayak

Necessity is the mother of invention leading to a solo SVAM setup Bill Ellis has created for his kayak. To overcome the difficulty of getting into the many shallow sites around Tampa Bay, Bill has mounted the SVAM camera in a waterproof housing on an adjustable platform. Notes are recorded, including waypoint numbers, by speaking them aloud and retrieving them later. His only problem is zoom control; moving the boat towards or away from the shore is the only control of the field of view. We hear that further refinements are likely.


Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 21:59 Written by Mangrove Hub Friday, 17 May 2013 21:53

Saint Leo team monitoring mangrove health


Published: April 26, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG - They are the stinky trees. Mosquito factories. Barriers to our cherished water views.

But Florida’s mangroves are also valuable wetland habitats, coastal water filters, defenders against storm surge, and they help mute the effects of climate change.

A group from Saint Leo University in Pasco County is compiling a record of Tampa Bay’s mangroves, the tropical trees that thrive in saltwater at the edge of shore. Crews of faculty and students led by biology professor William Ellis have been recording the condition of the Tampa Bay shoreline with video and still cameras, global positioning devices and spoken and written anecdotal observations.

Read the full article in the Tampa Bay Tribune


Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

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You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

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