Algae Blooms

Algae Blooms

Water quality conditions in Old Tampa Bay have lagged behind other bay segments, in part, due to recurring summer blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense. Through routine and event-response monitoring, both the Environmental Protection Commission of...
Sportfish Habitat

Sportfish Habitat

Any angler worth their salt can tell you the importance of healthy habitats for fish and wildlife. This project, conducted by researchers from the University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, evaluated how commercially and...
Rock Ponds

Rock Ponds

The Rock Ponds Ecosystem Restoration project is the largest habitat restoration project in the history of Tampa Bay. Located on the south shore in Hillsborough County, this site spans approximately 1,043 acres of various coastal habitats, including 645 acres of...
Little Manattee Corridor Plan

Little Manattee Corridor Plan

The Little Manatee River Corridor Plan assesses the current habitats and restoration opportunities within the 7,360-acre Little Manatee River Nature Preserve in Hillsborough County. Ecologists mapped and measured the health of native forested uplands, coastal...
Mapping Bay Bottom Habitats

Mapping Bay Bottom Habitats

Amongst the sand- and mud-dominated bottoms of the bay are unique habitats teeming with life. Rocky substrates, called hard bottom, can be covered with sponges, soft corals, algae, and live rock, and attract commercially- and recreationally important fish species....
The Bay’s Dredged Holes

The Bay’s Dredged Holes

Tampa Bay is dotted with some 40 dredged holes — deeper areas created by excavating sediments for urban development. While some are inferior habitat due to lower oxygen levels or an accumulation of toxins in sediments; others are prized by fish and other animals that...