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Consistent with direction provided by Governor DeSantis and the CDC, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) has canceled all nonessential travel and implemented social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.

The TBEP office will remain open with limited staffing until further notice.

During this time, our staff will continue to conduct business and provide quality service from alternative work locations. We respectfully request that our partners and stakeholders also conduct business with our staff remotely (by phone, email, Skype, teleconferencing, etc.).

Currently, the health of our staff and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the TBEP is doing its part to help our communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Please stay safe and healthy during this time.


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 management plan. 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!

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