Friends of the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves
The Friends of the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and was founded in 2019. This citizens support group supports the efforts of the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves.
Pinellas County Aquatic Preserve was designated to help prevent the historically negative events in Boca Ciega Bay from being repeated elsewhere.
The Boca Ciega Bay and Pinellas County Aquatic Preserves (referred to collectively as the Pinellas County Aquatic Preserves) were designated in 1968 and 1972, respectively. Boca Ciega Bay was designated as an aquatic preserve to aid in halting the wholesale dredging and filling of the bay that occurred with the finger fill developments of the 1950s.
Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve
In the News
Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic
Preserve Turns 50
TAMPA BAY NEWSPAPERS - Read Article
Gus Muench Waged a
Campaign to Protect
Cockroach Bay and
the Little Manatee River
TAMPA BAY TIMES - Read Article
Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve: A Conversation with Roger H. Wilson
Roger Wilson, who was a member of the Florida House of Reps. discusses the history of the Bay and how he was instrumental in making the Bay an Aquatic Preserve.
Click to View Video: Off the Beaten Path – Florida DEP Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserve Restoration – Alternative Spring Break - Every year, out-of-state students and community groups come to the Tampa Bay area through programs such as “Buck-I-Serv” to learn about and help restore Aquatic Preserves, managed by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.
As citizens who support the management and conservation of our Tampa Bay aquatic preserves, our non profit group is capable of enhancing the efforts of our governing agencies, scientists, and employees who study, administer, and care for these extensive aquatic preserves in the Tampa Bay area.
Positive impacts we provide, include: