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Managing Our Underwater World in Tampa Bay


Managing Our Underwater World in Tampa Bay

featuring Dr. Randy Runnels of the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves

Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves (TBAP), managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, highlight the best of what our state has to offer, Our Underwater World: open water, inlet bays, tidally influenced creeks and rivers, oyster reefs, seagrass beds, salt marshes and mangrove forests. These habitats are vital to Florida’s iconic wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, fishes, oysters, and an abundance of wading, nesting and migratory birds. Although not widely known, TBAP even has a variety of corals in its hard-bottom areas. Join the TBAP program at Weedon Island to learn how they are working to restore & protect the coastal resources in our own backyard.

This program will feature Dr. Randy Runnels of the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves Program. Dr. Runnels earned his PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. His 30+ year career has taken him from the temperate Northern Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys. In recent years he has been invited to China and Vietnam as a coastal management adviser on a number of issues. He has managed Tampa Bay’s aquatic preserves for over two decades, and continues to teach college courses in Biology, Marine Science and Environmental Science.

This program is recommended for adults and youth ages 12+. Youth should be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.


Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this class you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Prior to ten (10) business days before the class, please submit a request for accommodations by email to @pinellascounty.org and weedonisland@pinellas.gov. In your request, please include the date and title of the program, indicate that the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center is the program host, and include what specific accommodations you will need.

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Nov 04 2023


10:00 am - 11:00 am


Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History CEnter
St. Petersburg, FL


Cultural and Natural History Center

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